CBI raids Lalu and family, files fresh corruption case

Posted July 10, 2017

After maintaining silence against the series of raids conducted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against ally Lalu Prasad Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar cancelled his public event with Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

Earlier in the day, the CBI registered a case against former Railways Minister Lalu Prasad and others for their alleged involvement in irregularities in awarding tenders for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in 2006 at Ranchi and Puri, officials said.

The Bihar government today rejected news reports that senior civil and police officials were tipped off about Friday's CBI raids at locations linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family.

The case against Lalu Yadav relates to alleged manipulation in award of contract for maintenance of two hotels run by a subsidiary of the Indian Railways - IRCTC - when the RJD chief was railway minister in the UPA government. The raids included the premises of the Yadav family as well as those of his confidant Prem Chand Gupta, whose wife Sarla Gupta is listed as an accused in the FIR.

Speaking to ANI, BJP spokesperson S. Prakash said, "Many corrupt deals have been exposed in the last four-five months, wherein Lalu and his family were found to be doing corrupt practices". He became the Chief Minister after challenging the corruption of Lalu Prasad Yadav.

"I am not going to surrender before these people who want to finish me off because they know I will destroy them and wipe them from the face of this earth", an extremely agitated Lalu said.

Within hours of taking oath as chief minister in November 2005, Kumar had made Manjhi resign due to an old vigilance case pending against him, the BJP leader added.

"Allegation is that during this process, tender process was rigged and manipulated and the conditions were tweaked to help the private party (Sujata Hotel)".

Sources said Kumar, who is the JD (U) national president and heads Bihar's grand alliance government with RJD and Congress, extended his sojourn in the health resort town of Rajgir, 100 km off Patna, till Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Lalu Prasad said the case against Rabri Devi and Tejaswi was wrong.

"The land of the Kochhars (Vijay and Vinay Kochhar directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel, Delight marketing company) was registered in Patna in 2004, while the open tender of the two IRCTC hotels were given in 2006". Another JD (U) leader said that although they can not defend RJD on matters of corruption, the BJP's demand for Tejashwi's resignation is unwarranted.