IRCTC scam: Relief for Lalu Yadav as Delhi court grants bail to ex-Bihar CM Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav

By: | Updated: August 31, 2018 11:34 AM

A local court in Delhi today granted bail to former Bihar CM Rabri Debi and her son Tejashwi Yadav who are accused in the IRCTC corruption case.

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A local court in Delhi today granted bail to former Bihar CM Rabri Debi and her son Tejashwi Yadav who are accused in the IRCTC corruption case. The duo appeared before the Patiala House court where they moved bail pleas. The court accepted their plea and granted them bail. Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj granted bail to Rabri and Tejashwi on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety of the like amount. The next date of hearing has been set as October 6.

“Patiala House Court grants bail to all accused including former Bihar CM Rabri Devi and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. All have to furnish a personal bond and surety amount of Rs 1 lakh each,” news agency ANI reported.

The CBI which is probing the case asked the court to issue a production warrant against jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. Lalu is also an accused in the case but he couldn’t appear before the court as he is serving a jail term in Ranchi in connection with his involvement in multi-crore fodder scam.

The court agreed to the CBI’s demand and issued a production warrant against Prasad in the case.

Earlier, the court had summoned and asked the Lalu family and others in the case to appear before the court today. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm during Lalu’s stint as the Rail Minister.

The CBI had on April 16 filed the charge sheet in the case, claiming there were enough evidence against Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi and others.

Besides Lalu and his family members, former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta, Agarwal, then managing director of IRCTC PK Goyal and then IRCTC director Rakesh Saxena were also named in the charge sheet. The other names in the charge sheet include then group general managers of IRCTC VK Asthana and RK Goyal, and Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel. Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and Sujata Hotels Private Limited have also been named as accused companies in the charge sheet.

The case was register by the CBI last year. The agency had carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurgaon in connection with the case. The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption, the central probe agency had said.

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