Friday, 7 July 2017

CBI Raids Lalu Prasad and family, files case against former Railway Minister

NEW DELHI: The CBI today completed inquiries at 12 areas in the wake of enlisting a debasement body of evidence against previous Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his relatives including his child Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav.

The ventures began at seven in the morning and were spread out over 12 areas in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, and Gurugram, Additional Director CBI Rakesh Asthana said in a public interview.

"The case is of criminal trick (120-B), deceiving (420) under IPC and defilement," Asthana said.

He said in the vicinity of 2004 and 2014, a trick was brought forth incompatibility of which BNR inns of Indian Railways situated at Puri and Ranchi were first exchanged to the IRCTC and later on for its operations, support and upkeep, it was given on rent to a private firm Sujata Hotel Pvt Ltd situated in Patna.

"Assertion is that amid this procedure, the delicate process was fixed and controlled and the conditions were changed to help the private party (Sujata Hotel). Consequently, three section of land arrives in western Patna was given to Delight Marketing which is known to the group of Lalu Yadav requiring little to no effort and hence between the period 2010 to 2014, this land was additionally exchanged to another organization Lara Projects possessed by relatives of Lalu Yadav," he said.

This exchange additionally occurred at a low cost.

Though the land was esteemed at 32 crores according to the circle rate, it was exchanged to just 65 lakh to Lara Projects, Asthana said.

He said this case was enrolled on July 5 subsequent to doing a preparatory inquiry.

The CBI has enrolled the argument against 69-year-old Lalu Yadav, his better half Rabri Devi, child Tejashwi Yadav and Sarla Gupta, spouse of Prem Chand Gupta, previous Union priest.

Others named as denounced in the FIR incorporate Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both executives of Sujata Hotels and proprietor of Chanakya Hotel, Delight showcasing organization, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC Managing Director P K Goel.

In 2001, a choice was grasped to hand over administration of cooking administrations of Indian Railways, including its inns to IRCTC.

Two such inns, in particular, BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri were likewise recognized and a MoU was marked between the Railways and IRCTC on March 19, 2004.

Lalu Yadav, the then railroad serve, gone into criminal connivance with proprietors of Sujata lodgings, Sarla Gupta, spouse of his nearby partner Prem Chand Gupta (an RJD MP in Rajya Sabha) and IRCTC authorities for "undue financial preferred standpoint to himself as well as other people", the CBI FIR claimed.

It is charged that Vinay Kochhar on February 25, 2005, sold the business property as three sections of land of land in Patna through 10 deal deeds for Rs 1.47 crore to Delight advertising in which Sarla Gupta was an executive as a front Benami holder for Lalu Prasad Yadav.

The FIR charged that the land was sold to the organization at a value which was underneath circle rates and market rates and was dishonestly appeared as a farming area to avoid considerable stamp obligation.

It was uncovered amid the preparatory inquiry of the CBI that the land was sold by the Kochhar to Delight and the installment for the same was organized "surreptitiously" by the organization as speculation of Delight through Ahluwalia contractual workers and its promoter Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia.

"On the day when the deal deeds were executed by the Kochhar for DMCL on February 25, 2005, the Railway Board around the same time educated IRCTC about its choice for the exchange of BNR inns to IRCTC on "as is the place is premise", the FIR charged.

The BNR lodgings were exchanged to Sujata Hotels through a fixed and controlled delicate process overseen by P K Goel, the then MD IRCTC, the CBI charged.

The CBI inquiry demonstrates that Railway looked for offers for creating, working and keeping up Rail Ratna Hotels on September 16, 2006.

To "confine" rivalry for BNR lodgings in Ranchi and Puri, the IRCTC authorities issued a corrigendum making a reference about the initiation of an offer for offer archives for BNR inns, it affirmed.

The conditions were additionally changed through another corrigendum with a specific end goal to make Sujata Hotel contender for the offer, the organization affirmed.

The CBI has asserted that Yadav, as Railway Minister, knew about the entire procedure and was monitoring the delicate procedures.

It surfaced while more than 15 offer archives were gotten for both the lodgings, IRCTC has no records of bidders other than Sujata Hotels.

It is additionally affirmed that with an expectation to render undue financial increases to Sujata inns, offered of another inn was intentionally and nonsensically given low checks under specialized assessment.

"Subsequently, Sujata Hotel remained the main bidder in budgetary assessment and was qualified," it affirmed.

After the delicate was granted to Sujata Hotel, the responsibility for promoting additionally changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Tejaswi Yadav in the vicinity of 2010 and 2014.

At this point, Lalu Prasad Yadav had demitted the workplace of Railway Minister.

The estimation of the property which was sold by Kochhar to Delight Marketing at 1.47 crore in 2005 had spiraled to Rs 32.5 crore according to circle rate and Rs 94 crore according to showcase rate.

"The offers of an organization having a total asset of Rs 32.5 crore was exchanged by the relative of P C Gupta to the relatives of Lalu Prasad Yadav for an ostensible measure of Rs 64 lakh," it asserted.