Lalu Yadav CBI raids LIVE updates: In a fresh blow for Lalu Prasad Yadav and family, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at 12 locations of RJD chief including Patna, New Delhi, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon on corruption charges over the allotment of IRCTC hotels. CBI has also registered case against the former Railway minister, his wife Rabri Devi, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and his son Tejashwi, the then IRCTC MD, P K Goyal, the wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sarla, and others because of irregularities in awarding the tender for maintenance of hotels. Searches are being conducted today at 12 locations including Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon, a CBI source told PTI. Meanwhile, Lalu Yadav has left for the court to appear in the fodder scam case. On the other hand, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has called for an emergency meeting with officials and party leaders in Rajgir.
Here are Lalu Yadav CBI raids LIVE updates:
7:39 PM: The former Bihar CM says that reports of Rabri Devi questioned for 10 hours, Tejashwi Yadav for 8 hours are false.
7:34 PM: Meanwhile, ANI reports that Chartered Accountant of Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family were also raided by CBI today.
7:33 PM: RJD supremo says media was showing that Rabri Devi wasquestioned for about 17 hours. He added that PM Modi and Amit Shah were behind these raids.
7:30 PM: Lalu Yadav is addressing a press conference in Patna right now.
5:45 PM: CBI officials have reportedly left Lalu Yadav’s residence. However, the security in the region has been tightened.
4:10 PM: Ex-IRCTC MD PK Goel has responded to these raids by saying that there’s nothing against him. “I retired long time ago from govt service. I don’t know anything. There’s nothing against me,” Goel was quoted saying by ANI.
2:05 PM: Congress spokesperson Rajdeep Surjewala asked why BJP has been silent for last 13 years. “Incident from 2004, why was there silence for last 13 yrs &why was BJP govt silent for last 3 yrs,” he said while speaking to ANI.
1:55 PM: “What is political vendetta? Where is BJP in this? I am not able to understand. Do you mean to say that anybody against whom any charge is there, it should not be inquired into at all?” Venkaiah Naidu asked in a press conference.
1:30 PM: Meanwhile, CNN-News 18 reports that bidding documents of 10 land deals have also been recovered.
1:28 PM: According to India Today, CBI has recovered a laptop and iPhone related to the case.
1:17 PM: “The raids were done to insult and humiliate me. The ruling party wants to strike down the opposition by sending CBI, IT departments (after them), by incarcerating anyone who speaks out against them,” Lalu said.
1:05 PM: The raids at various locations started at 7:30 am this morning and are still on. CBI had confirmed that raids are being conducted as many as 12 locations.
1:00 PM: Here’s the latest tweet by Sushil Kumar Modi:
Lalu to cancel all land gift his family has received … pic.twitter.com/jFjgRWbRqT
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) July 7, 2017
12:50 PM: Lalu Yadav said CBI should have not gone to his residence in his absence. He added that it was not the right thing to do.
12:48 PM: Watch more comments here:
Lalu Yadav rubbishes CBI charges pic.twitter.com/QvlOtmuccA
— News18 (@CNNnews18) July 7, 2017
12:46 PM: Attacking Suresh Prabhu, Lalu Yadav said he was given all the catering service to private companies.
12:44 PM: Lalu Yadav said he will do everything to remove Narendra Modi-led government. “Hum mitti mein mil jayenge lekin BJP aur Modi sarkar ko hata ke dum lenge,” he was quoted saying by ANI.
12:42 PM: Dismissing the charges, Lalu Yadav said decision regarding IRCTC was taken before he took over as the Railway Minister.
12:41 PM: “No wrong was done in the tendering, this is a BJP conspiracy. Me and my party will not be cowed down,” Lalu Yadav was quoted saying by ANI.
12:39 PM: A man tried to disturb the press conference. Lalu Yadav got angry and asked the organisers who allowed him inside.
12:34 PM: Lalu Yadav said the operation was conducted so secretly that nobody got a clue about it. He said even the TV channels didn’t get to know about it.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) July 7, 2017
12:33 PM: The former Bihar CM said Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and RSS are behind these raids. Lalu Yadav added that he got to know about these raids through TV.
12:31 PM: Lalu Yadav that we are preparing to show the exit door to PM Modi. He said that we will organise a rally and tell people that I and my children are being attacked under a political vendetta.
12:30 PM: Lalu Yadav is addressing the media now. RJD chief says he came to Ranchi and this morning got to know that CBI has reached the residence of Rabri Devi and have started searches.
12:28 PM: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan says Nitish Kumar has to take a call on whether he still wants to stay in an alliance with Lalu Yadav despite such serious charges.
12:26 PM: Lalu Yadav is leaving from the Ranchi Court right now. He will be addressing the media shortly.
12:22 PM: Meanwhile, Lalu Prasad Yadav has come out of the Ranchi Court after his appearance in the fodder case scam.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) July 7, 2017
12:17 PM: India Today reports that ED might order a probe against Lalu Yadav for violation of money laundering act.
12:15 PM: In his first response to the raids, Lalu Yadav has reportedly told India Today that he has done nothing wrong and these searches are just political conspiracy.
12:11 PM: He added that Nitish Kumar has to run the government in Bihar till 2019 and that’s why he cannot afford to speak on this matter right now.
12:10 PM: When asked whether Tejashwi Yadav should resign, Pappu Yadav responded by saying that there are very less chances of it happening.
12:08 PM: Meanwhile Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told news agency that no one can take law into their hands. “ap apne aap ko bada neta maante hain iska matlab ye nahi ki aap kanoon ke oopar hain (you cannot take law in your hands just because you think you are a big leader),” he said.
12:05 PM: Pappu Yadav, a relative of RJD supremo said the constitution is above anything.
11:59 AM: CNN-News 18 citing sources reports that CBI thinks of it as a money laundering case and might share details with ED.
11:56 AM: “The law is taking its own course, the govt or party has no role in it,” Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on CBI investigation against Lalu Yadav during a press conference.
11:52 AM: BJP has constantly asked Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to break his silence on the matter but no response has come from him yet.
11:50 AM: It was alleged that tenders were allotted to Sujata Hotels, a private company, for upkeep and running of BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri.
11:41 AM: Here is an image from the residence of senior RJD leader Prem Chand Gupta in Delhi where the CBI raid is being conducted:
11:39 AM: Bihar chief minister has called Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary Home Amir Subhani and Director General of Police (DGP) P. K. Thakur for a meeting. Meanwhile, here’s what CBI officials had to say:
— Republic (@republic) July 7, 2017
11:35 AM: Venkaiah Naidu said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is a very wise man and he knows how to react in these situations. He added that CBI is doing its job.
11:34 AM: BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu says the law is taking its order and added that he doesn’t want to connect it with Nitish Kumar.
11:33 AM: CBI teams are still present at various locations, according to CNN News 18. 5 officials have entered the residence of Sarla Gupta to get some documents.
11:30 AM: Here’s the complete list of accused released by CBI:
11:24 AM: Here are some visuals of the CBI team at the residence of former IRCTC MD PK Goel in connection with Railway hotel tender case. At the same time, CNN-News 18 reports that CBI has also entered the residence of Sarla Gupta.
11:18 AM: Dr RC Purvey, RJD Bihar chief says this is a conspiracy and politics of revenge. “This is a conspiracy and politics of revenge. The alliance in Bihar is strong and we are united,” he told ANI.
11:17 AM: CBI added that Lalu Yadav took 3 acres of land in exchange of the allotment.
11:13 AM: CBI said it is a case of fraud. “Dhokadhadi aur saajish ka case hai. Puri aur Ranchi hotels ke aavantan mein gadbadi (It is a case of fraud and corruption. There were wrongdoings in allotment of Puri and Ranchi hotels),” Rakesh Asthana, CBI said.
11:12 AM: Here’s what Bharatiya Janata Party’s senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi said:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 7, 2017
11:08 PM: He adds that CBI had registered a case on July 5 2017, in which Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, and others were charged. The basic allegation was a conspiracy was done under which hotels were transferred to IRCTC and later were given to a private firm for maintenance.
11:06 AM: Rakesh Asthana, Additional Director of CBI says the raids are still going on at 12 locations including Ranchi, Patna, Delhi and Gurugram.
11:04 AM: CBI briefing on the matter is going on.
11:02 AM: News agency ANI reports that security has been increased at 10, Circular road residence of Lalu Prasad Yadav, in Patna.
11:00 AM: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi says Nitish Kumar should break his silence and sack Lalu Yadav. “Nitish Kumar should break his silence and sack Tejashwi Yadav as deputy CM,” he said.
10:55 AM: In an immediate response RJD leader Manoj Jha called it the darkest day in Indian democracy. “Today is darkest day in Indian democracy, we will not be cowed down by this.Will fight legally and politically,” Jha said while speaking to ANI.
— NewsX (@NewsX) July 7, 2017
10:35 AM: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Giriraj Singh reacted by saying that law is taking its course and Nitish Kumar cannot remain silent. “Law taking its course, now Nitish ji cannot remain a mute spectator.He will have to speak out and state his stand clearly,” he said.