CBI charges Lalu, Rabri and 11 oth­ers in IRCTC case

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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

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