New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav will be appearing through video conferencing before Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday in the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam. His wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav will be appearing before the court. They had been granted interim bail till date.
Earlier, special Judge Arun Bhardwaj had granted interim bail to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others in a money laundering case filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the alleged scam. The RJD chief had not appeared before the court as he was imprisoned in a Jharkhand jail on another charge.
The court granted bail to Rabri and Tejashwi Yadav in the CBI case on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety of a like amount. However, the regular bail was not granted to the accused in the ED case after the agency sought time to file a reply to the bail applications.
Lalu 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. The FIR alleged that Lalu, as the railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Kochhars and acquired a “high-value premium land” through a benami firm, Delight Marketing Company, and “dishonestly and fraudulently” managed award of leasing of the two hotels.
Meanwhile, the health condition of Lalu, who is serving jail term in fodder scam cases, has deteriorated due to a festering boil on his right leg, the doctor attending to him said. He is currently lodged in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). “The sugar level and blood pressure of the RJD chief, who is a diabetic, have shot up due to the boil,” said Dr Umesh Prasad.
The former Bihar chief minister’s dose of insulin had been increased to bring down the sudden increase in sugar level.
The CBI registered the case against Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former union minister.