Lalu Prasad Yadav and familly is in huge trouble, while Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is in a dilemma on what action is to be taken against his minster, which destabilize his government. Will there be realignment and Nitish save his government by aligning with NDA, which his party colleague has already told that they were more comfortable with NDA during the previous term.
Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi, who is a minister in Bihar, have been charged with corruption in a case filed by the CBI, which raided their home in Patna and a dozen of other places. The searches began at 5.30 am this morning. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have registered a case against former Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav on corruption charges during his tenure as Union minister in 2006.
The CBI is carrying out raids at 12 locations, including the residences of Lalu Prasad Yadav, in Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon. Rabri Devi’s current residence No 10, Circular Road also has been raided by agency officials. Raids in New Delhi were being conducted in New Friends Colony.
Former Managing Director, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) P K Goel, Sujata, wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, two directors of a private company, also have been booked by CBI in connection with the case, among others.
The case is related on the alleged irregularities in tenders allotted to a private company Sujata Hotels for development, maintenance and operation of BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri. The BNR hotels are Railways’ heritage hotels which IRCTC took over from the public transporter earlier in the same year.
Lalu Prasad held the position of Union Railways Minister from 2004 to 2009 under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s UPA-1 regime.