Lalu’s Son Tejashwi Yadav Appears Before CBI in Railway Hotel Scam

Earlier, Tejashwi Yadav’s father and RJD chief Lalu Yadav was summoned by the CBI and questioned for seven hours.

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Bihar Deputy CM and Lalu Yadav’s youngest child Tejashwi Yadav.

Tejashwi Yadav appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today with regard to the Railway hotel tender case. On 5 October, Tejashwi’s father and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was also summoned by the CBI and questioned for seven hours.

During the seven-hour-long questioning session, the team asked Lalu mostly about award of the contract, land deals of the company now owned by his son, relations with Prem Chand Gupta, and relations with owners of the beneficiary firm which won the contract among others, CBI sources told PTI.

The case pertains to allegations that Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels, in Ranchi and Puri, run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.

The FIR alleged that the RJD leader abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Kochhars and acquired a piece of "high value premium land" through the benami firm Delight Marketing Company.

The CBI registered a case against Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi, who was deputy chief minister until a few months ago, and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former Union minister.

Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay and Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and of Chanakya Hotel, Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and then IRCTC managing director PK Goel.

(With inputs from PTI)

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