Railway Hotel Scam: Lalu Yadav’s Wife Rabri Devi, Son Tejashwi Get Bail
A Delhi court today granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav and others in an Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case lodged by the CBI.
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 Lalu Yadav to be produced through video conference on November 19 in the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate.
The court granted bail to Rabri Devi 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.
The court had on August 31 granted interim bail to the accused, except Lalu Yadav 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 Lalu Yadav’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.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav did not appear before the court on Friday since he was in a Jharkhand jail on another charge.
The CBI, which had on April 16 filed the charge sheet in the case, had said there was enough evidence against Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others.
Earlier, the CBI had informed the court that sanction has been procured from authorities concerned to prosecute Additional Member of Railway Board BK Agarwal, who was then the group general manager of the IRCTC.
Besides Lalu Yadav, and his family members, former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta and Agarwal, then managing director of IRCTC PK 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 VK Asthana and RK 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 the Indian Penal Code and corruption, the central probe agency had said.
The Enforcement Directorate had filed a case based on the the CBI complaint.