New Delhi, July 7: In a fresh trouble, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, his wife, Rabri Devi and son, Tejashwi Yadav – the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar – for alleged irregularities in awarding of an IRCTC tender to a private company in 2006, for hotels in Ranchi and Puri during his tenure as the railway minister. Lalu served as the railway minister under the Manmohan Singh government from 2004 till 2009.Also Read - Tripura Municipal Election Results 2021: Full List of Winners in Agartala And Other Civic Bodies
The case has also been registered against the then IRCTC MD, PK Goyal, the wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sarla, and others, CBI sources said. As per the latest information, the CBI team is conducting searches at 12 locations including Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon. Also Read - Tripura Municipal Election Results 2021 LIVE: BJP Heads For Landslide Victory; Counting Underway Amid Tight Security
According to sources, the FIR relates to allegations of irregularities in the tender for development, maintenance and operation of BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri. The tender was awarded to the private Sujata Hotels in 2006. Also Read - 'Delhi Police Cannot do Anything', BJP MP Gautam Gambhir Gets Third Death Threat in a Week
Earlier in June, the Income Tax department had conducted raids on at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas on charges of alleged benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to Lalu Prasad and several others. At that time, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had called the I-T raids at party chief Lalu Prasad’s residences in Delhi “an attempt to destroy” the former Bihar chief minister as well as the party.