In yet another setback to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned him and his son Tejashwi Yadav in connection with the ongoing Railway hotel tender case. Lalu has been directed to appear before the CBI on September 11 whereas his son Tejashwi would have to be present on September 12. It may be recalled that earlier, on July 27, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had registered a case against Lalu under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The case was in connection with irregularities in the Railway hotel tender. Lalu’s family members were also mentioned in the case.
The various people mentioned in the case include former railway minister Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, his son Tejashwi Yadav, Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, Vijay Kochar and Vinay Kochar, both directors of Messer’s Sujata Hotel Private Limited, Messer’s Delight Marketing Private Limited, P.K. Goel, the then Managing Directors, IRCTC and unknown others. The case has been filed under Section 120 B read with Section 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) read with Section 13(1) d prevention of corruption act 1988. A preliminary inquiry was conducted before the case was officially registered. The CBI has alleged that there have been various irregularities relating to development, maintenance and operation of BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri.