CBI charges Lalu, Rabri and 11 others in IRCTC case
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday filed a charge-sheet against RJD leader Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi as well as his younger son and successordesignate Tejashwi Yadav along with 11 others, including senior railway officials, in the IRCTC corruption case.
This is the first time that Tejaswi, leader of opposition in the Bihar assembly, has landed in the crosshairs of CBI which has so far secured four convictions of his father in the sprawling fodder scam.
The agency has accused Lalu Prasad of abusing his role as railway minister in the UPA government to award the contract for running two railway hotels —BNR Ranchi and BNR Puri — to Sujata Hotels in exchange for a plot of prime land in Patna.
“We have presented robust evidence to back our case that Lalu and his family were given the land as part of the quid pro quo. Even though Lalu remained elusive about irregularities during his questioning last year, there is enough documentary evidence and witnesses’ statements to prosecute him,” said a CBI officer.
Among those named in the chargesheet other than the Yadav family include additional member of Railway Board B K Aggarwal (then group general manager IRCTC); former IRCTC managing director P K Goel; former IRCTC Director Rakesh Saxena; R K Gogia (former GGM IRCTC), Prem Chand Gupta, a close confidant of Lalu Prasad; his wife Sarla Gupta, who acted as the front for Lalu; Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels and Chanakya Hotel), V K Asthana (then GGM, IRCTC) and two companies – Sujata Hotels and Lara Projects. For the full report, log on to