Delhi: Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Friday granted bail to all accused, including former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in the IRCTC scam case. They have to furnish a personal bond and surety amount of Rs 1 lakh each. Earlier, the court also issued production warrant against Lalu Prasad Yadav for October 6. Lalu did not appear in court as he is in judicial custody in Ranchi.
Since there are two separate charge-sheets, earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had told the court last week that there was enough evidence to take cognisance of its charge sheet and summon Lalu, Rabri and others as accused in the case. The judge reserved his order on whether to summon Lalu, his wife, and Tejashwi as accused for September 11.
The agency alleged that Lalu and IRCTC officials misused their position for granting sub-lease of the rights of two railway hotels at Puri and Ranchi to Ms Sujata Hotel Pvt. Ltd. In lieu of the hotels sub-lease, a prime plot of land in Patna was transferred to Ms Delight Marketing Company Pvt Ltd (a company owned a close associate of the Yadavs) in 2005 at very cheap rates.
Subsequently, the shares of Ms Delight Marketing Company Private Limited, it said, were acquired by Rabri Devi and Tejashwi at less than fair market value. The ED said it has attached assets worth over Rs 44 crore in this case till now.
The CBI too had filed a charge sheet in this case sometime back. The CBI FIR had alleged that Lalu, during his tenure as the railway minister in UPA Government, handed over the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company in 2004 in exchange for a prime land in Patna. The ED registered the criminal case against the Yadavs and others under the PMLA, based on this CBI FIR.