Lalu Yadav, Son Tejashwi Summoned By CBI In Alleged Railways Hotel Scam

 
Lalu Yadav, Son Tejashwi Summoned By CBI In Alleged Railways Hotel Scam

Bihar politician Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi have been summoned by the CBI next week in connection with a land scam that precipitated the break-up of their grand alliance with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in July. 


Tejashwi, who was Deputy Chief Minister, had refused to quit after the charges emerged.


Lalu Yadav has been asked to appear for questioning on Monday and his son, the next day.


Lalu Yadav has been accused of facilitating a contract to a private company to run hotels, as the country's Railways Minister in 2006, after receiving a bribe in the form of a three-acre plot in Patna, where a mall is being built.


The CBI alleges a conspiracy between Lalu Yadav, Sujata Hotels and a company owned by Sarla Gupta, the wife of Yadav's party MP and close aide Prem Gupta.


Tejashwi is also one of the owners of the land, where a mall is being built. But he repeatedly asserted that he could not be blamed for a case dating back to when he was "just a boy who hadn't even sprouted a moonchh".


Tejashwi, a CBI official has said, was made an accused in the case "not because of what his father did as minister, but because he, along with his mother, took over a company that owned the land in 2014, when he was 24".

 


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