New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), questioned Tejashwi Yadav’s close aide today in relation to the suspected land-for-jobs fraud in the Indian Railways when his father Lalu Yadav was the minister, according to sources.
A day after the CBI listed Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, and their daughter Misa Bharti as defendants in the case, the agency today called Yadav’s private secretary Sanjay Yadav, for interrogation, they claimed.
Sanjay appeared at the CBI’s Patna headquarters this morning for questioning in the matter after contesting the agency’s earlier notices before the Delhi High Court.
In its charge-sheet submitted before a Delhi court on Friday, the CBI designated RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav as an offender. The charge-sheet also lists their daughter Misa Bharti and his wife, Rabri Devi, a former Chief Minister of Bihar.
The CBI further claimed that the accused conspired with the railway’s top officials to hire people in lieu of land, either in their names or the names of their close relatives.
This land was purchased for substantially less than market value and far less than the current circle rate. The CBI claimed that the aspirants were also accused of using fake TC and submitting fake verified documents to the Ministry of Railways.
Lalu Yadav was accused by the CBI of receiving financial benefits in the form of the transfer of landed property into the names of his family members in exchange for the appointment of replacements to Group D Posts in various Railway Zones while serving as the Minister of Railways from 2004 to 2009.
The CBI stated in the FIR that the substitutes, who were either Patna residents themselves or through their family members, sold and gifted their Patna-located land to members of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family as well as a private company that was under their control and that was also involved in the transfer of such immovable properties in their names.