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CBI Summons Lalu, Tejashwi Yadav for Questioning in Railway Hotel Deal Case

The CBI has alleged that Lalu as railway minister had handed over the maintenance of two Railways hotels to Sujata Hotel after receiving a bribe in the form of three acres of prime plot of land through a benami company.

Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav. Credit: PTI/Files

Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav. Credit: PTI/Files

New Delhi: The CBI has summoned former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav for questioning in connection with alleged corruption in awarding the maintenance contract for two IRCTC hotels to a private firm, agency officials said.

The RJD leader has been asked to appear for questioning at the agency headquarters on September 11 and Tejashwi the next day, they said.

It is alleged that Lalu as railway minister had handed over the maintenance of two Railways hotels – BNR Ranchi and BNR Puri – to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, after receiving a bribe in the form of three acres of prime plot of land through a benami company.

The FIR alleged that Lalu, as a railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Kochhars and acquired the “high-value premium land” through a benami company named Delight.

It also said that Lalu “dishonestly and fraudulently” managed the award of leasing out BNRs at Ranchi and Puri to the Kochhars’ company in quid pro quo transactions.

The CBI has registered a case against Lalu, wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi and Sarla Gupta, the wife of former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta.

Others named as accused in the FIR include the Kochhars, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel, Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then managing director P.K. Goel.