RJD Trouble Continues to Mount; Lalu, Tejaswi Summoned by the CBI

RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejaswi Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav were issued fresh summons from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday in connection with the alleged irregularities in awarding contracts to operate two railways hotels to people in exchange for hefty financial favors from them at the time when the RJD chief was the Railway Minister of India.

While Yadav has been ordered to appear before the CBI team on September 11, Tejaswi has been told to appear on September 12.

The nation's apex investigative agency has charged Yadav, his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi and their son Tejaswi Yadav on committing fraud under Section 420 of the Indian Criminal Penal Code and engaging in criminal conspiracy under Section 120-B.

It has been alleged that the then Railway Minister gave hotel contracts to the owners of Sujata Hotel for a price of three acres of land in prime locations in Patna.

Others who are also being investigated by the CBI in the same hotel scam are Sarla Gupta, the wife of a former RJD member of the Rajya Sabha, brothers Vijay and Vinay Kochhar who were the directors of the Sujata Hotel, former Indian Railways Catering Managing Director P K Goel, and shell company owned by Gupta Delight Marketing Company Pvt. Ltd (DMCPL) and Lara Projects owned by the Lalu family.

With the entire RJD family currently under the scanner of the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate office, raids have been carried out at nearly 22 locations in and around Delhi and several places in Patna.

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