Railways irregularities case: CBI summons Lalu Prasad, Tejashwi Yadav

Railways irregularities case: CBI summons Lalu Prasad, Tejashwi Yadav

The two have been asked to come to the CBI headquarters in New Delhi for questioning on September 11 and 12.

The case was registered under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Sharpening his attack on RJD Chief Lalu Prasad and his son Tejaswi Yadav after CBI's summons to them, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today wondered how they could defend themselves before CBI for acquiring land from Kochar brothers during Mr Prasad's tenure as railway minister in UPA-I. His son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav is alleged to hold big stakes in a company promoting Bihar's biggest mall in the state capital worth Rs 750 crore. Taking potshots at the RJD chief, he said Prasad's name should be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for amassing huge benami property.There are a spate of allegations against Lalu and his family members.The Income Tax department had recently raided 22 locations in New Delhi and adjoining places, related to land and farm houses owned by Lalu's daughter, Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar.

Earlier, the CBI had registered a criminal FIR and conducted multiple searches against the former Bihar chief minister and others in connection with the case.

According to the CBI, as part of the conspiracy, the hotels located in Ranchi and Puri were first handed over to IRCTC and then their maintenance contracts were given to Sujata Hotels. Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Panchari Hotel, Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and several others unknown persons.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is also investigating the case, has summoned Vinay and Vijay Kochhar for questioning next week. The FIR alleged that Lalu abused his position to extend undue favours to the Kochhars and acquired the "high-value premium land" through a benami company Delight.

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