CBI charges Lalu, Rabri and 11 others in IRCTC case

IRCTC Scam Trouble Mounts For Lalu Prasad Yadav Rabri Devi CBI Files Charge Sheet

Chargesheet against Lalu for railway fraud

The chargesheet also named his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, their son Tejashwi Yadav and 11 others, officials said.

In the filed CBI chargesheet a Delhi-based private company, two Directors of a private hotel company, a private person, the then Managing Director of IRCTC, a Member of Parliament, and other officials from various departments under the IRCTC along with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief and his wife included.

On April 10, the CBI had conducted raids on the Patna residence of Rabri Devi, along with interrogating her son and former Bihar deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, who is one of the accused in the alleged corruption case.

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The case pertains to allegations that Lalu Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotels, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company. By this time, Lalu Prasad had resigned as railway minister.

"We have presented robust evidence to back our case that Lalu Prasad and his family were given the land as part of the quid pro quo. Agarwal is now additional member, Railway Board", sources said.

Others named in the charge sheet, include then group general managers of IRCTC V K Asthana and R K Goyal, Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel.

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It is alleged that in February 2005, the Kochhars sold the land to Delight Marketing and the same day the Railway Board informed the IRCTC that railway hotels were being transferred to it.

After Prasad's family members took over the company between 2010-14, it was renamed as LARA Projects and then it was converted into a Limited Liability Partnership firm. The circle rate of the property was Rs 32.5 crore whereas the market rate was Rs 94 crore.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the money laundering aspect in the case and it had on July 27 a year ago registered a separate case following the CBI FIR. It also recorded Ms. Devi's statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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