New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav and others in an Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Also Read - Lalu Prasad Yadav Planning to Contest Presidential Polls; But It's Not Who You Might Think
Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj also granted interim bail till November 19 to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others in a money laundering case filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the alleged scam. The court also directed Prasad to be produced through video conference on November 19 in the cases filed by the CBI and the ED. The RJD chief did not appear before the court on Friday as he is imprisoned in a Jharkhand jail on another charge. Also Read - Jharkhand Court Slaps Rs 6,000 Fine on Lalu Yadav in 13-year-old Poll Code Violation Case
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. Also Read - Land-For-Jobs Scam: Rabri Devi Slaps RJD Worker For Opposing CBI Team To Leave Her Residence Amid Raid
The court had earlier granted interim bail to the accused, except Prasad, on August 31 till today in the case filed by the CBI after the agency had sought time to file a reply today.
Earlier, the court had summoned and asked Prasad’s family and all others involved to appear before it. The case is related to alleged irregularities in granting the operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.
The CBI, which had on April 16 filed the charge sheet in the case, had said there was enough evidence against Prasad, Rabri, Tejashwi and others.
Earlier, the CBI had informed the court that sanction has been procured from authorities concerned to prosecute Additional Member of Railway Board B K Agarwal, who was then the group general manager of the IRCTC.
Besides Lalu Prasad, and his family members, former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta and Agarwal, then managing director of IRCTC P K Goyal and then IRCTC director Rakesh Saxena were also named in the charge sheet.
The other names in the charge sheet include then group general managers of IRCTC V K Asthana and R K Goyal, and Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel. Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and Sujata Hotels Private Limited have also been named as accused companies in the charge sheet.
The CBI had registered a case in July last year and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurgaon in connection with the case. The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption, the central probe agency had said.
The ED had filed a case based on the the CBI FIR.
(Inputs from PTI)