New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed chargesheet against Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and 13 others in the Railway tender scam. The ED said that both Lalu Prasad Yadav and IRCTC officials allegedly misused their position and granted the sub-lease of the rights of two railway hotels at Puri and Ranchi to Ms Sujata Hotel Pvt. Ltd.
In the IRCTC hotels allotment money laundering case, a prime plot of land in Bihar’s Patna was transferred to Ms Delight Marketing Company Pvt Ltd which is owned by a close associate of Lalu Yadav, who is also an MP from RJD in the year 2005 at a much lower rate than the prevailing circle rates. It was then transferred to Rabri Devi and her son Tejashwi Yadav at a nominal price.
As per ED, “The funds used to acquire the land had a dubious origin and had been laundered through 151 group of companies belonging to PC Gupta by using an NBFC named Ms Abhishek Finance Company Limited.” The ED also said that it has attached assets worth over Rs 44 crore in this Railway tender scam as of now. The CBI too had filed a charge sheet in this case earlier.
According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI, Lalu Prasad, during his tenure as the railway minister had handed over the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company in 2004 after he was bribed by being given a prime plot in Patna through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta, the wife of PC Gupta.
It must be also noted that the ED has also registered a criminal case against his PC Gupta’s family and others under the PMLA case.
Earlier in the day, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s request for bail extension was rejected by the Jharkhand High Court. The former chief minister of Bihar, who has been sentenced to several years in jail following conviction in four cases of the fodder scam, has been asked by Jharkhand HC to surrender before the CBI court by August 30.