Major relief for RJD as Rabri, son granted bail in land-for-hotel scandal

Major relief for RJD as Rabri, son granted bail in land-for-hotel scandal

New Delhi: In a major relief to the RJD, a Delhi court today granted bail to former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and her son Tejashwi Yadav in the land-for-railway hotel scandal lodged by the CBI.

Special judge Arun Bhardwaj also granted interim bail to them in a money laundering case filed by the ED, according o media reports.

However, the accused persons were not granted regular bail in the ED case as the agency sought time to file a reply to the bail applications, news agency PTI reported today.

Rabri Devi is wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad while Tejashwi is his younger son.

Prasad and his family have been charged by the country’s premier investigating agency with getting three acres of land plot from the hoteliers in lieu of giving favour to them in awarding tenders.

The tenders were given while Prasad served as the federal railway minister in the previous United Progressive Alliance government.

According to the Central Bureau of Invetsigation, the three acres-land lot which valued at Rs 320 million was given for mere Rs 5.4 million to RJD chief family.

“The allegation is that between 2004 and 2014, a conspiracy was hatched by which two hotels of the railways – located in Puri and Ranchi – were first transferred to IRCTC for operations, management and upkeep given on a lease to the private Sujata Hotels Private Limited of Patna,” additional director, CBI, Rakesh Asthana told the media in New Delhi last year at the time of the case being registered.

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