TEJASHWI AP­PEARS BE­FORE ED

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NEW DELHI: Tejashwi Ya­dav, son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, on Mon­day ap­peared be­fore the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) in con­nec­tion with a money laun­der­ing probe in the rail­way ho­tels al­lot­ment cor­rup­tion case, of­fi­cial sources on Mon­day said.

They said the state­ment of the for­mer Bi­har Deputy Chief Min­is­ter is be­ing recorded by the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of the case af­ter he ar­rived at the ED of­fice, slightly af­ter 11 AM.

This is the sec­ond time Tejashwi is be­ing ques­tioned by the cen­tral probe agency in this case.

He was last ques­tioned by the agency on Oc­to­ber 10 and was grilled for over nine hours.

Since then, Tejashwi has skipped four ap­pear­ances and has ap­peared on Mon­day as part of a fresh sum­mon, they said. The agency had reg­is­tered a case against Lalu Prasad, his fam­ily mem­bers and oth­ers un­der the pro­vi­sions of the Pre­ven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act (PMLA) some­time back.

Tejashwi’s mother and for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ter Rabri has skipped the ED sum­monses at least six times till now.

In July, the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) had reg­is­tered an FIR and con­ducted mul­ti­ple searches on the prop- er­ties of Lalu Prasad, who is also a for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ter, and oth­ers.

The CBI FIR has al­leged that Lalu Prasad dur­ing his ten­ure as the rail­way min­is­ter handed over the main­te­nance of two In­dian Rail­way Ca­ter­ing and Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion (IRCTC) ho­tels to a com­pany in 2004 af­ter re­ceiv­ing a bribe in the form of a prime land in Patna through a ‘be­nami’ com­pany owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a for­mer Union min­is­ter.

The ED had reg­is­tered a crim­i­nal case against his fam­ily mem­bers and oth­ers un­der the PMLA, based on the CBI FIR.

The CBI also re­cently recorded the state­ments of Tejashwi and Lalu Prasad in this case.

The ED is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged “pro­ceeds of crime” gen­er­ated by the ac­cused, pur­port­edly through shell com­pa­nies, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

Oth­ers named in the CBI FIR in­clude Vi­jay Kochhar, Vi­nay Kochhar (both di­rec­tors of Su­jata Ho­tels), De­light Mar­ket­ing com­pany, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor P K Goel. The CBI FIR was reg­is­tered on July 5 in con­nec­tion with favours al­legedly ex­tended to Su­jata Ho­tels in award­ing a con­tract for the up­keep of the ho­tels in Ranchi and Puri and re­ceiv­ing premium land as ‘quid pro quo’.

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