IRCTC hotels contract case: Delhi court summons Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, Tejashvi Yadav

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A Delhi court on Monday summoned former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav among others in a money laundering case related to the 2006 IRCTC hotels maintenance contract.

Lalu Prasad Yadav

A report by IANS said that Special Judge Arun Bhardawaj took cognisance of a charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate last month and asked the accused to appear in the court on 6 October.

The court also issued production warrant against Lalu Yadav since he is currently lodged in a Ranchi jail.

The court was hearing a case related to alleged irregularities in the allotment of contracts of IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006 to a private firm, for which a three-acre commercial plot at a prime location in Patna district was given as a bribe.

The ED had named Lalu Yadav’s party colleague PC Gupta, his wife Sarla Gupta, firm Lara Projects and 10 others as accused in its charge sheet. All of them are booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Lalu Prasad Yadav, as railway minister, is accused of handing 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 Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.

 

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