New Delhi, July 7: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today held a press conference to spell out the details of the raids it conducted at 12 locations associated with RJD supremo Lalu Yadav and other accused in the IRCTC hotel tenders case. In the press conference, Additional Director of CBI, Rakesh Asthana said that the CBI started the raids at around 7:30 AM at various locations in Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar in connection with the case relating to Lalu granting illegal favours to a private hotel company through IRCTC. “The raids started at around 7:30 AM and are still continuing in Delhi, Patna and other location. An FIR was registered against Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi, wife of Prem Gupta and others on July 5 under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 120 of BIPC,” informed Asthana, CBI. Click here for live updates on CBI Case Against Lalu Prasad.
Fresh trouble brewed for RJD chief as the CBI registered a case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav – Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar – on corruption charges during his tenure as Union minister in 2006. The raids began at 7:30 AM on Friday morning for his alleged involvement in irregularities in facilitating a lease to a private company Sujata Hotels to run two BNR hotels in Ranchi and Puri when he was the Railway Minister from 2004 till 2009, in exchange for a two-acre plot in Patna, Bihar. The BNR hotels are Indian Railways’ heritage hotels which were taken by IRCTC. The 15-year lease was given to an entrepreneur named Vijay Kochhar.
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The searches were conducted at 12 locations. The locations included the premises of Lalu Prasad in Delhi (New Friends Colony), Patna, Ranchi, Puri, and Gurgaon. Rabri Devi’s residence 10, Circular Road has also been raided by the CBI. Along with registering a case against Lalu, Rabri, and Tejashwi, the CBI has also booked Former Managing Director of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) P K Goel, Sujata, wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, and two directors of Sujata Hotels in connection with the case. Entrepreneur Vijay Kochhar sold the two-acre plot to a company owned by the wife of Prem Gupta and later, the land was transferred in the name of Lalu’s wife and sons.
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.