New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case under Section 120 B read with 420 of Indian Penal Code and Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against the former Railway Minister and ex chief minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav; his wife Rabri Devi, also a former Bihar Chief Minister; his son Deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav; a private person based at New Delhi; two Directors of a private Hotel; a company based at Delhi; the then MD, IRCTC and unknown others on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of BNR Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to said private Hotel Ltd. Company in the year 2006.
The accused have been charged for criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal misconduct.
This case has been registered consequent to a Preliminary Enquiry which prima facie revealed that then Railway Minister, had derived undue advantage by abuse of his official position and by way of sale of about 3 acres of land at Patna by the owners of the private Hotel Company to another private marketing company having wife of his close associate as its Director, at a price which was less than the prevalent circle rate. It was also alleged that this favour was returned to the company by award of a long term lease for the BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri by manipulating the tender process.
It was further alleged that as per available records, the entire shareholding of company in question was transferred to Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi and his son between 2010-14, for a consideration of approx Rs. 64 lakh, when this company owned land worth around Rs.32.5 crore (as per circle rate) and around Rs. 94 crore (as per the market rate).
Searches were conducted at 12 locations, including Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurugram in connection with this FIR.
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