Lalu, Tejaswi to Appear Before CBI in Land-for-Railway Contract Case

RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: With the threat of losing most of their allegedly ill-gotten properties, not to mention the cloud of going to prison hanging over their head for engaging in corrupt practices and abuse of power, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son and RJD heir-apparent Tejaswi Yadav are scheduled to be grilled by the CBI interrogators in Delhi on Monday.

The CBI is investigating a number of cases against the Yadav family including acquisition of 3-acre of land in Patna as part of a quid pro quo deal between the RJD chief and businessmen Kochar Brothers involving running of railways hotels in exchange for land in Patna when the RJD chief was also the Railway Minister in the first Congress-led UPA government.

Yadav, who remains convicted in the multi-crore fodder scam is facing even more corruption charges that could lead to his return to jail.

His son and former Deputy Chief Minister who is also under the CBI scanner for amassing properties worth hundreds of crores without ever holding a job or owning a legitimate business, could also be heading to prison if charges of corruption if proved against him.

Unperturbed by the CBI investigation, Tejaswi Yadav has previously stated that he was not afraid to go to jail as he grew up in a family where CBI probe and jails were routine matter.

The nation's apex investigative agency is expected to formally charge Yadav and his son of indulging in corrupt practices and amassing properties disproportionate to their known sources of income sometime next month, reports said.

The CBI had raided the house of Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on July 7. Raids were also carried out at the houses of former RJD MP Premchand Gupta, his wife Sarla Gupta, and the then Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P K Goyal and had seized several incriminating documents pointing Yadav's involvement in several shady business deals involving transfer of land or other properties.

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