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CBI summons Lalu Yadav, son Tejashwi in hotels-for-land scam

7 September, 2017 1:14 PM
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NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has issued summons to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejaswi Yadav to appear for questioning next week in connection with corruption in giving a crucial IRCTC contract to a private company when Lalu was the union railway minister.

Sources say Lalu Yadav has been asked to appear before the agency on September 11, Tejaswi has been summoned for the next day.

The agency, sources say, want to ask Lalu and Tejaswi questions about their link with the private company which was awarded a railway contract in lieu of premium land in Patna as alleged "kickback".

As first reported by TOI, CBI has already recovered the note sheets of the time when Lalu was railway minister, from 2004 to 2009, which clearly mention that he ordered giving the contract of maintenance of two railway hotels, BNR Ranchi and Puri, to Sujata Hotels, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar. The officers in railway ministry, source said, at the behest of Lalu, mentioned that railway minister has desired giving the contract to Sujata Hotels.

The tender conditions were tweaked in favour of Sujata Hotels and in return, three acre land in western Patna was given to Delight Marketing (whose promoters are known to family of RJD leader) at a very low cost, and later this land was transferred to another company Lara Projects, a company owned by his family.

CBI sources said that while over 15 bid documents were received for both the hotels, IRCTC has no records of bidders other than Sujata Hotels.


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