Patna, Apr 11: The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has withdrawn 32 military police jawans deployed at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former chief minister Rabri Devi’s residence. The military police jawans deputed at the residence of Rabri Devi packed up and left from the premises following state government’s announcement on Tuesday. The order came shortly after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at Rabri Devi’s residence in connection with the IRCTC hotel tender case.
Following the order, Rabri Devi’s son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also gave up his security and attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Yadav attacked Nitish on Twitter, calling him the “most namby-pamby CM of the country.”
“Just now at the stroke of midnight Nitish Kumar has called back 18 House guards deployed in the security of two Ex. CMs. Surrendering our security to Nitish Ji so that he can increase his own security as he is the most namby-pamby CM of the country,” he tweeted. He also alleged that the Chief Minister had sent him a notice to vacate the government residence, he is presently living in.
Rabri Devi’s residence in Patna was raided by the CBI on Tuesday in connection with the IRCTC hotel scam of 2006. Tejashwi Yadav was also interrogated for four hours in connection with the irregularities in the process of awarding a tender to the two hotels.
The CBI had in 2006 registered a case against Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav, Sarla Gupta, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC’s) then Managing Director PK Goyal, Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC, following the tender case of two railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri. All accused in the case were booked for fraud and criminal conspiracy.
According to CBI, Lalu favoured a private hotel company, owned by the Kocchars, for the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels. In exchange, he allegedly got three acres of prime land at below market price through a ‘benami’ company owned by his associate Sarla Gupta. Lalu was the Railway Minister then. Later, the ‘benami’ firm also changed hands and came to Tejashwi by 2014. The RJD has alleged that the ruling JD(U) and the BJP were just settling political scores. An FIR has been registered in the matter by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and further investigation is underway.