As per a recent report, the CBI conducted a raid at Lalu Prasad Yadav’s residence. The politician’s connections with a fresh case of alleged irregularities have been discovered. Irregularities in awarding the tender for maintenance of hotels in Ranchi and Puri have been found, according to the report. Raids have been carried out at over 12 places in Delhi, Gurugram, Patna, Ranchi, and Puri.
A case has been filed by the investigation agency against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, his wife and former chief minister of Bihar, Rabri Devi, Bihar deputy chief minister, and his son Tejashwi, the then IRCTC MD, PK Goyal, the wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sarla, and others. Prem Chand Gupta is also a former Union corporate affairs minister.
CBI Additional Director Rakesh Asthana said in a press conference that ample proof of alleged irregularities was found in the privatization of two Indian Railways hotels to register a case. The BNR Hotels are heritage hotels of the Indian Railways which were taken over by the IRCTC from the public transporter in 2006.
However, later the hotels were transferred to M/s Sujata Private Limited — a firm owned by Sarla Gupta — for maintenance and upkeep. The tenders were however transferred in disregard of the set guidelines. Asthana, also said that another tract of land was transferred to Sarla’s firm in western Patna at rates considerably less than the active circle prices at the time.
Lalu Yadav is also an accused in the multi-crore Bihar fodder scam. He is also accused of irregularities and corruption and in payments for animal fodder. Already an accused in one case, the politician is now facing trials in six different cases.