New Delhi: The Patiala House Court has adjourned till January 19 the hearing in the case filed by CBI in IRCTC scam, said ANI on Thursday. This was done to allow for further scrutiny of the documents. RJD chief Lalu Yadav was later granted interim bail. (Also read: Breather For Tejashwi, Rabri)
Earlier, RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Rabri Devi arrived in the court while party chief Lalu Yadav appeared via video conferencing. Lalu, who is serving a jail term in fodder scam case, was admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, under police custody for treatment of diabetes and other ailments.
On October 6, the court had ordered him to appear via video conferencing on November 19. However, that could not happen since there was no such facility in the hospital. Then, the court directed the CBI to make all arrangements for the video conferencing in the next hearing.
The court had granted regular bail to Rabri, Tejashwi and others who were present at the case hearing on October 6. The CBI had opposed the regular bail pleading that it would “hamper the case investigation”.
The ED had filed its reply and opposed a regular bail plea filed by Rabri, Tejashwi and others. The ED case is in connection with alleged money laundering linked to the IRCTC scam. All accused in the case are currently on interim bail except Lalu.
The ED charge sheet had names of former Bihar minister Prem Chand Gupta, his wife Sarala Gupta and an additional member of the railway board, BK Agarwal, along with the Yadav family.