Lalu and family on radar, CBI to begin interrogations in rail tender scam

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The Central Bureau of Investigation is set to begin questioning people involved in the alleged railway tender scam in which Lalu Prasad Yadav, wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi have been booked.

Central investigating agencies may soon reach knocking at Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad’s door in ongoing probe of misuse of power in awarding railway tender and multi-crore money laundering scam involving his daughter and her husband.

According to the sources in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), from coming week they will start grilling of people associated in rail tender scam under which development, maintenance and operation of railway hotels at Ranchi and Puri was given to a private company.

CBI has last week filed corruption case against Lalu his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav, along with five others including close aide in the alleged rail tender – land scam.

Now, Lalu’s entire family is under the scanner of different investigating agencies for allegedly amassing properties in prime locations of Patna and Delhi undervaluing the rate.

“Starting coming week a team of CBI will question people involved in the case,” said the source, however he added that Lalu and his family member will be questioned at a later stage after they have enough evidence in their hand and testimony of others named in the FIR.

CBI has named Prem Chand Gupta’s wife Sarla Gupta in the list as an accused in the FIR.

“There is enough evidence to establish ‘corruption’ charge but from next week more documents and testimony will be recorded by investigating team”, CBI official said.

“Testimony of all the people named in the FIR will be recorded and role of each accused will be examined,” the officer said denying that there will be any arresting soon.

Similarly, the Enforcement Directorate carried out questioning of Lalu’s daughter and RJD MP Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar for over eight hours in connection with a Rs 8,000-crore money laundering case this week. Both Bharti and Kumar appeared before the central probe agency separately.

The ED, on July 8, had conducted searches at three Delhi farmhouses of Bharti, Kumar and the firm. ED has already arrested three people in this case. But officials are tight lipped over arrest of Lalu’s kin.

Mail Today had earlier reported that central agencies are scanning all files, correspondences, notings, minutes of meetings and every other document pertaining to tenders and policy decisions related to all hotels and properties undertaken by the Railway Ministry and IRCTC between 2004 and 2009, when Lalu Prasad was the Union Rail Minister.



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