The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered a case against former Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav on corruption charges during his tenure as Union minister in 2006.
Mr Yadav has been accused of illegally facilitating a lease to a private company to run two hotels when he was the country’s Railways Minister in 2008,
in exchange for a two acre plot in Patna, where a mall is being built. Raids in New Delhi were being conducted in New Friends Colony.
The CBI alleges that the Patna land was illegally transferred to Mr Yadav’s family as a favour, in exchange for a 15-year lease given to an entrepreneur named Harsh Kocchar to run two hotels for the Railways in Puri and Ranchi.
The CBI has also registered a case against the man who headed the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC, PK Goyal, over the hotel lease.
Mr Yadav has denied any wrongdoing, claiming that Mr Kochhar was given the Railways hotels as the highest bidder in a transparent process.
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