1. ED asks Tejashwi Yadav to appear on November 13

ED asks Tejashwi Yadav to appear on November 13

The ED has issued fresh summons asking Tejashwi Yadav, son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, to appear before it on November 13 in connection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, officials sources today said.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2017 12:40 PM
Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Prevention of Money Laundering Act , Bihar chief minister, Patna, IRCTC hotels, benami company Tejashwi’s mother and former Bihar chief minister Rabri has already been asked by the ED to appear before it on November 7, for questioning in the case. (PTI)

The ED has issued fresh summons asking Tejashwi Yadav, son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, to appear before it on November 13 in connection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, officials sources today said. The fresh date has been issued after the former Bihar deputy chief minister skipped similar summons of appearance for October 31, they said. The fresh date for his appearance is November 13 now, they added. 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 already been asked by the ED to appear before it on November 7, for questioning in the case. Tejashwi has been once grilled by the ED for over nine hours in connection with the case but he later skipped four summonses to appear again.
Rabri Devi too has skipped the ED summonses at least five times. In July, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered an FIR and conducted multiple searches on the properties 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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