Can't Recall is Lalu's Response to Most of CBI's Questions

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav arrives at CBI office in Delhi on Thursday.

Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

New Delhi: After asking for being relieved from appearing before a CBI probing team in connection with the 'land for railway tender' scam a number of times, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President and former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav ran out of excuses on Thursday and presented himself before the investigative agency where he was grilled for nearly seven hours by the probing team.

Yadav, who was accompanied by his daughter and MP Misa Bharti, was questioned for almost seven hours during which the investigators asked him about 100 questions from a prepared list.

The RJD chief was asked about the terms and conditions of the deal between the Railways and the BNR Hotel Group owned by the Kochar Brothers, what role he played in the deal, what sort of business the Delight Marketing owned by Yadav's family members involved in, how long he had known Sarla Gupta, what were the reasons for the Kochar Brothers to give land to Yadav's family in 2005, did he know about the involvement of his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejaswi Yadav in the land deals; and is he familiar with all the properties owned by his wife and son; among many other questions.

Sources said Yadav, at the guidance of his lawyers, answered 'I do not recall' to most of the questions though he denied ever engaging in corrupt practices while he was the Railway Minister of India.

Talking to the reporters after being grilled by the CBI, Yadav said that the Nitish government in Bihar, in collusion with the Narendra Modi administration in Delhi, was trying to intimidate him in an attempt to finish him politically.

"I and my family members are being harassed unnecessarily by the CBI but I am not afraid of anything. All my properties are in public domain and the CBI should stop treating me as if I am Vijay Mallya," the RJD chief said referring to the fallen millionaire facing a slew of white collar crimes.

Expressing his faith in the Indian judiciary, Yadav said that it was the golden age of the Indian Railways when he was the Railway Minister in the UPA government.

"I made the railways profitable for the first time without ever downsizing human resources or services. That is why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to punish me. This government is trying to break the nation on communal lines. They can hang me but they cannot crush my voice against communalism and fascism," he said.

Yadav's son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav is expected to appear before the CBI court on Friday.

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS

More News...

Sharad Yadav is Making a Mockery of Political System; Say JD-U Leaders

Oct 23, 2017
JD-U leaders Vashisht Narayan Singh and RCP Singh holding a press conference in Patna on Sunday.
Patna: Janata Dal – U state President Vashisht Narayan Singh and national General Secretary RCP Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday…

Nitish Too Small; Our Fight is Directly with BJP; Says Lalu at Congress Event

Oct 22, 2017
Lalu Prasad Yadav at a Congress function in Patna on Saturday.
Patna: The pro-Lalu faction of the Congress Party in Bihar on Saturday organized a function in honor of the birth anniversary of Bihar's first Chief…

CM, Governor Pay Tribute to Bihar's First Chief Minister

Oct 22, 2017
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Governor Satya Pal Malik paying floral tribute to late S K Singh on Saturday.
Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday paid floral tribute to Bihar's first Chief Minister Sri Krishna…

Lalu Preparing for Another Anti-NDA Rally in Patna

Oct 21, 2017
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a press meet in Patna on Thursday.
Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, relegated to commuting between Patna and Ranchi in connection with the fodder scam and…

Diwali Morning Fire Destroys Furniture Shop on Ashok Rajpath

Oct 21, 2017
Firefighters battle fire in a building on Ashok Rajpath.
Patna: Heavy damage was incurred when a fire broke out in a building on Ashok Rajpath across from the B. N. College on Thursday morning gutting a…

Patna in the Grip of Diwali Fever

Oct 18, 2017
Diwali crowd on Boring Road in Patna on Wednesday.
Patna: A day before the festival of light, Patna, with all of its glitter and grandeur, is all set to celebrate Diwali on Thursday as last-minute…

PhotoGallery

photogallery module

Your Favorite Recipes on PD

Recipes

Latest Comments

Recent Articles in Readers Write, Lifestyle, Feature, and Blog Sections