New Delhi, September 22: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday summoned Rashtriya Janta Dal Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejaswi Yadav for interrogation in IRCTC hotel case. The investigative agency will be questioning the father-son duo on September 25 and September 26 respectively. Former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav is accused of allotting maintenance contracts of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm during his tenure of ministership.Also Read - IRCTC Begins Talks For Partnership With BHEL to Run Private Trains Soon: Report
They were earlier called on September 11 and 12 but Lalu did not turn up, citing an ongoing court case in Ranchi where his presence was required. Tejashwi claimed he had political engagements too. Yadav was alleged of giving maintenance contracts of IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company. Also Read - North Central Railway Recruitment 2021: Railways Announces Vacancies in 1664 Posts; Apply Now at rrcpryj.org
The FIR alleged that, Lalu as the railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to Kochhars, acquired a “high value premium land” through a benami firm Delight Marketing Company, and as a quid pro quo, “dishonestly and fraudulently” managed award of leasing of the two hotels. Also Read - Former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana Appointed Commissioner of Delhi Police
The CBI has registered the case against Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, son Tejashwi, who was deputy CM until a few months ago, and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former union minister.
Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel, Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.
(With inputs from PTI)