New Delhi: The CBI, which is investigating a corruption case against RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, is all set to summon former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav for questioning in connection with a probe in to alleged irregularities in awarding tenders for development, maintenance and operation of railway hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a private company in 2006. Lalu Yadav was the railway minister in 2006.
Sources in the agency said, “The agency will soon summon all accused, including Tejashwi Yadav, for questioning in connection with the case. Summons are likely to be sent to the accused by the end of this month.”
The CBI on July 5 registered a corruption case against the RJD chief, his family members, particularly, his wife, and his son, Tejashwi, in connection with alleged irregularities in tenders allotted to Sujata Hotels for development, maintenance and operation of two railway hotels, BNR Ranchi and Puri. The case dates back to when Lalu Yadav was Union railway minister in the UPA government.
The case was registered under IPC sections related to cheating and criminal conspiracy and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The agency sleuths also conducted searches at 12 locations in Patna and Ranchi in connection with the case. The raids included the premises of the Yadav family and those of his confidant, Prem Chand Gupta, whose wife Sarla Gupta is listed as an accused. Others named in the FIR include Vijay and Vinay Kochhar (directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and IRCTC managing director P.K. Goel.
There are allegations that Lalu Yadav handed over the maintenance of the two railway hotels to the company after receiving a prime land in Patna through a benami company owned by Sarla Gupta.