Land-for-hotel scam: Arrest fear leaves Lalu family jittery as CBI tightens noose

Land-for-hotel scam: Arrest fear leaves Lalu family jittery as CBI tightens noose

PATNA: There could be some arrests in the land-for-hotel scam very soon now that the CBI is learnt to have gathered some incriminating documents during a raid at the residence of RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna on Friday.

Reports quoting local media said the CBI probe is moving in the right direction and there could be some arrests very soon.

“Our probe is moving in the right direction and there will be some arrests very soon,” an unnamed CBI official was quoted as saying in the Hindustan Times on Sunday.

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The indication has left Prasad in a state of panic. This was amply reflected on Saturday when he remained busy most of the day consulting his lawmakers about how to tackle the entire situation.

There are also reports of the CBI sleuths to issue summons soon to Prasad and his family members made accused in the case for interrogation in Delhi.

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The CBI has registered a case against the RJD president, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in this scandal along with five other persons. Tejashwi is deputy chief minister in the Nitish Kumar government.

The CBI inquiry has found gross irregularities in the award of the entire contract for maintenance of railway hotels to a private limited company running hotel chain. The contract was awarded while Prasad was the railway minister.

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“The inquiry has prima facie revealed that Lalu Prasad Yadav (his official name is Lalu Prasad) while serving as minister of railways, and his family members in conspiracy with other accused persons abused his official position for causing undue favour to Kochhars (Vijay and Vinay Kochhars—both directors of M/s Sujata Hotel Private Limited) and in pursuance thereof, a high value premium land was acquired through their benami company M/s DMCL (Delight Marketing Company Limited) on consideration which was much less than the fair market price and as quid pro quo, dishonestly and fraudulently managed award of BNRs (heritage hotels of Indian railways) at Ranchi and Puri to the company of Kochhars,” said a CBI report accessed by thebiharpost.com.

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