New Delhi: A Delhi court has issued summons to accused Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav in connection with the IRCTC hotels allotment money laundering case. The trio has to now appear before the court on October 6. Earlier in the day, there were reports that the court had reserved its order as it needed more time to study documents furnished by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Earlier, the Patiala House Court had granted bail to all accused, including former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, in the case. They had to furnish a personal bond and surety amount of Rs 1 lakh each. The court also issued production warrant against Lalu 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 that there was enough evidence to take cognisance of its charge sheet and summon Lalu, Rabri and others as accused in the case.
In the IRCTC hotels allotment money laundering case, a prime plot of land in Bihar’s Patna was transferred to M/S Delight Marketing Company Pvt Ltd which is owned by a close associate of Lalu, an MP from RJD in 2005, at a much lower rate than the prevailing circle rates. It was then transferred to Rabri and Tejashwi at a nominal price.
As per the 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 M/S 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. According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI, Lalu, 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 with a prime plot in Patna through a ‘benami’ company.