Published On : Thu, Sep 7th, 2017

CBI summons Lalu, Tejshwi in graft case that led to fallout with JD-U

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has summoned Rashtriya Janata Dal Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav in the alleged IRCTC hotels scam case.

Lalu has been asked to appear on September 11 for questioning by the CBI, while Tejashwi has been summoned on September 12.

The case relates to alleged manipulation in awarding contracts for the maintenance of two hotels run by a subsidiary of the Indian Railways — IRCTC — when the RJD chief was railway minister in the United Progressive Alliance government.

Apart from Tejashwi and Lalu, former Bihar CM Rabri Devi has also been named as an accused by the CBI in the case.

The case also involves allegations of transfer of three acres of prime land in Patna to the Lalu family by two businessmen allegedly in return for the licences to run the IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri.

In July, the CBI conducted raids across four cities in connection with the case.

The controversy triggered by the raids and allegations led to the fall of Grand Alliance government in Bihar when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United snapped ties with the RJD and the Congress.

Kumar formed a new government by joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party, a decision which has divided the JD-U with founder leader Sharad Yadav being upset with Kumar over the move.