The CBI is investigating a new corruption case against Lalu Yadav and his family members
Lalu Prasad Yadav has been charged in a new corruption case over alleged irregularities in recruitment between 2004 and 2009, when he was Railway Minister, just weeks after being granted bail in a fodder scam case. According to sources, the new case has named Mr Yadav’s daughter and other family members as defendants.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) began searching 15 locations associated with the Rashtriya Janata Dal patriarch today, including his residences. The CBI claims that Mr Yadav and his family members were given land and properties as a bribe in exchange for railway jobs.
Last month, the 73-year-old veteran leader was granted bail in the 139 crore Doranda Treasury scam case by the Jharkhand High Court. In February, a CBI special court sentenced him to five years in prison in the case. He was also fined a whopping 60 lakh rupees.
Mr Yadav was convicted in his fifth fodder scam case in the treasury scam.
During the raids this morning, video showed police officers at the Patna home of Mr Yadav’s wife, former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi.
Mr Yadav is in Delhi, according to RJD legislator Dr Mukesh Roshan, and his son and party leader Tejashwi Yadav is also away. He claimed that “those in power are targeting Lalu and Tejashwi Yadav because they are aware of their popularity.” Alok Mehta, a senior party leader, stated, “This is a last-ditch effort to eliminate the opposition. These allegations are without merit. This is a deliberate attempt to silence critics.”
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