Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Tejaswi Yadav on Friday appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the ongoing probe into the 2006 IRCTC hotel case in Delhi. The grilling session came a day after Tejaswi’s father and RJD chief Lalu Prasad was questioned in the same case. Tejaswi Yadav had missed two summonses from the CBI but appeared before the CBI court after a fresh summon was issued on September 26.
The CBI had on September 26 issued fresh summons — the third in a month — to the RJD chief and his son in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) contract case.
The CBI on July 5 filed a corruption case against Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi for alleged irregularities in the allotment of contracts for IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006 to a private firm when the RJD chief was the Railway Minister.
The contracts were given to Sujata Hotels, a company owned by Vijay and Vinay Kochhar allegedly in lieu of bribe in the form of a plot of prime land in Bihar, the CBI said.
A preliminary CBI inquiry found that the said land was sold by the Kochhars to Delight Marketing and payment was arranged through Ahluwalia Contractors and its promoter Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia.
Earlier, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav lashed out at the BJP led central government and claimed that the government is trying to scare him through the CBI. He also added that he is not scared of the questioning and will fully cooperate with the investigating agency.
(With input from agencies)