Former Railway minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav appeared before the CBI at its New Delhi headquarters Thursday morning. Lalu is facing an alleged corruption case which dates back to his tenure as the Rail minister. His son Tejashwi Yadav, former Deputy CM of Bihar too will be questioned by the CBI on Friday.
The CBI wants to question Lalu for a contract given for the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels in 2006. Tejashwi is also made an accused in the CBI FIR pertaining to alleged corruption in the deal.
It is alleged that Lalu Yadav as Railway Minister handed over maintenance of two Railway hotels BNR Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotel (a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar) after receiving a bribe in the form of prime land of three acres through a benami company.
However, the RJD has charged the BJP-led government at the Centre of “harassing” its supremo and his son by implicating them in corruption cases for the two had stood up against the BJP.
“Prasad and Tejaswi are being harassed by the Centre as the ruling dispensation wants us (RJD) to be demoralized and distraught. Such attempts to persecute our leaders have been on for nearly 15 years. Nevertheless, our resolve towards forming a mahagathbandhan (of non-BJP parties) remains unaffected,” said senior party leader Jagdanand Singh talking to the press in Patna.
“During the Independence movement, the common people kept up the tempo even during phases when all the leaders were behind the bars. The masses will show their fighting spirit once again and we will defeat these forces in 2019,” Singh claimed.
Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi have dismissed the allegations against them as vendetta unleashed by the ruling party.
(With inputs from PTI)