New Delhi, July 27: Delhi’s Patiala House Court has reserved July 30 as the date for announcing order on whether to summon former Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav with others as accused in the IRCTC scam, said ANI. In April this year, the CBI had filed chargesheet against former Lalu, Rabri, Tejaswi and 11 others in the case. (Also read: CBI Fulfills Lalu’s Request For Less Spicy Food)
Earlier this year, Rabri Devi’s residence in Patna was raided by the CBI in connection with the scam. The case pertains to giving tender of maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company in exchange for a prime plot of land through a benami company. Tejashwi was interrogated for four hours regarding the irregularities in the process of awarding a tender.
In 2006, the CBI registered a case against Rabri Devi, Taski Yadav, Sarla Gupta, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC’s) then Managing Director P.K. Goyal, Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar under section 420 and 120-B of the IPC, following the tender case of two railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri. All accused in the case were booked for fraud and criminal conspiracy.
According to CBI’s allegations, Lalu favoured a private hotel company, owned by the Kocchars, for the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels. In exchange, he allegedly got three acres of prime land at below market price through a ‘benami’ company owned by his associate Sarla Gupta, as mentioned in a report in The Times of India. Lalu was the Railway Minister then. Later, the ‘benami’ firm also changed hands and came to Tejashwi by 2014. The RJD has alleged that the ruling JD(U) and the BJP were just settling political scores.