New Delhi, Oct 6: A Delhi court on Saturday passed an order to grant bail to RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi, their son Tejashwi Yadav and others accused in Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case registered by Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI).
The CBI had registered a case in July last year and alleged irregularities in granting the operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurgaon in connection with the case.
After investigation, CBI had filed a chargesheet under the provisions of criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) defined under Indian Penal Code and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act before the court on April 16 and submitted before it that there was enough evidence against Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others.
CBI had filed chargesheet against former union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta and the then managing director of IRCTC PK Goyal, the then IRCTC director Rakesh Saxena, the then Group General Managers of IRCTC VK Asthana and RK Goyal and Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel, Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, Sujata Hotels Private Limited have besides Lalu Prasad and his family members.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav did not appear before the court as he is imprisoned in a Jharkhand jail on another charge.
The court also directed Lalu Prasad to be produced through video conference on November 19 in the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED.
The court had earlier granted interim bail to the accused except Lalu Prasad in the month of August 31 till Saturday (today) in the case filed by the CBI when the agency had sought time to file a reply by Saturday (today).
Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj, after hearing arguments on behalf of both parties, granted bail to Rabri and Tejashwi Yadav in the CBI case on a personal bond of ₹1 lakh and a surety of a like amount.
The court granted interim bail till November 19 to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others in the Prevention of Money Laundering case filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the alleged scam. (UNI)