Lalu, Rabri, son Tejashwi charge sheeted in IRCTC case

Lalu, wife Rabri, son Tejashwi , charge sheeted in IRCTC case

The CBI on Monday filed a charge-sheet against former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav, a top Railway Board official, RJD MP P.C. Gupta and others in connection with its probe into the alleged irregularities in the 2006 IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case.
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told IANS: “The agency has filed a charge-sheet against 12 persons and two companies in a Delhi court. Lalu“Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, his son and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, then MD of IRCTC P.K. Goel, Chanakya hotel owners Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, Sarala Gupta — wife of Prem Chand Gupta, and Lara Projects LLP.”
Besides, the CBI charge-sheet also named Additional Member of the Railway Board B.K. Agarwal, who was then Group General Manager (GGM) of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The official said in the case filed last year, Agarwal’s name was not there. His name was included only after evidence was found against him. The CBI also charge-sheeted former GGM of IRCTC V.K. Asthana, R.K. Gogia — then company secretary and GGM of IRCTC, Ramesh Saxena — then IRCTC Director and Sujata Hotel Pvt Ltd.
The case pertains to the period when Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister. On April 10, the CBI had grilled Rabri Dev for hours in Patna in connection with the case.
In October last year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also questioned Lalu Prasad and his younger son Tejashwi Yadav at its Delhi headquarters.
The CBI on July 5, 2017 filed a corruption case against Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi Yadav for alleged irregularities in the allotment of contracts of two IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006 to a private firm.
The contracts were given to Sujata Hotels, a company owned by Vijay and Vinay Kochhar — both named in the CBI FIR — in lieu of a bribe in the form of a three-acre commercial plot at a prime location in Patna district.
A preliminary CBI inquiry reportedly found that the said land was sold by the Kochhars to one Delight Marketing Company and payment was arranged through Ahluwalia Contractors and its promoter Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia, another accused in the case.
Delight Marketing, which bought the property from the Kochhars, was later taken over by Rabri Devi and Tejashwi, the CBI discovered.
Sarla Gupta, wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s close associate Prem Chand Gupta and a director of Delight Marketing, is a co-accused in the case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the money laundering aspect in the case and it had on July 27 last year registered a separate case following the CBI FIR.

– 16 April 2018 | Microstat | New Delhi

Lalu convicted in fodder scam case; sentencing on Jan 3

Lalu Prasad convicted in fodder scam case;  Jagannath Mishra and 5 others acquitted

A special CBI court today convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case while acquitting six including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

LaluCBI judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

Lalu Prasad, the chief of RJD, and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict.

A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.

Lalu was among the 15 of the 22 accused found guilty by a special CBI court in Ranchi for the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.

The convicts, including the RJD chief, were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. Seven of the accused, including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra, were acquitted, reported ANI. Earlier in the day, before the verdict was pronounced, Lalu had expressed his “respect” for the country’s courts.+

“We trust and respect the judiciary. We will not let BJP’s conspiracies work. The way things happened in the 2G case, they way they happened for Ashok Chavan, the same will happen for me,” he said.

The RJD chief faced five cases in the fodder scam, of which now three are pending. He had been sentenced to five years in jail and fined Rs 25 lakh for the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.5 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in October 2013, but was granted bail by the Supreme Court in December 2013.

In 2014, the Jharkhand high court had stayed the trial against the former Bihar chief minister in four of the pending cases saying that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidence. The order, however, was quashed by the apex court, which ordered Lalu to stand trial in all pending fodder scam cases in which he was an accused.

On Friday, Lalu had stressed that the judgment in the fodder scam would not adversely impact the RJD+ , which would continue to be led by his sons Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav.

Hours before the judgment in the fodder scam, the Enforcement Directorate filed a chargesheet against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband in a money laundering case.
-PTI | 23 December 2017 | Ranchi

Paswan demands CBI probe, President’s rule in Bihar

Paswan demands CBI probe, President’s rule in Bihar

 

Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan today said he has apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the “deteriorating” law and order situation in Bihar and demanded for an imposition of President’s rule in the state.

Paswan has also sought for a CBI probe into the recent political murders in the “Jungle Raj-2”, which has set in Bihar since the Grand Alliance government came to power three months ago.

“In my capacity as LJP president, I met the PM two days ago and apprised him about deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar… I also submitted a letter demanding a CBI probe in the recent political murders and sought imposition of President’s Rule in the state,” he said.

Paswan said that the recent murders of BJP state unit vice president Visheshwar Ojha in Bhojpur district and LJP leader Brijnathi Singh in Vaishali district pointed to the “collapse” of law and order situation in Bihar.

The spate of political murders has not even left the RJD with its leader Vijendra Yadav and his kin shot dead in Samastipur district two days ago, the LJP supremo said, adding the criminals have got so emboldened by the “lack of teeth in the ruling government” that they have even started targeting leaders of the ruling alliance.

Paswan targeted the RJD in particular, saying his worst fears that Bihar will be gripped by “Jungle Raj-2” if Lalu Prasad’s party returned to power, has come true.

The LJP supremo said the victory of RLSP candidate Sudhanshu Sekhar in Harlakhi Assembly bypoll in Madhubani district showed that the people have started raising their voice against the lawlessness under the Nitish Kumar government.

The people of Bihar have realised that they committed a mistake by electing the Grand Alliance government and the vote in favour of the RLSP candidate from Harlakhi vindicates their disapproval of lawlessness in Bihar, he said.

-18 February 2016 | PTI | Patna

Lalu’s Muslim-Yadav combine proved the game changer

Lalu’s Muslim-Yadav combine proved the game changer

Of the 49 Yadav candidates that RJD fielded, 42 won while 12 out of 16 Muslim candidates bagged seats

The grand victory of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad in the crucial Bihar poll was possible not because of Mr.Kumar’s celebrity publicity manager Prashant Kishor, but because of Mr.Prasad’s M-Y(Muslim-Yadav) vote bank which proved the real game changer, according to political analysts. The RJD of Mr.Prasad won more seats than JD(U) of Mr.Kumar.

Of the total 49 Yadav candidates that the RJD fielded, 42 won the poll while 12 out of the 16 Muslim candidates bagged the seats. Similarly, out of the total 13 Yadav candidates the JD(U) had fielded, 11 won the poll while out of seven Muslim contestants, five registered wins.

Even for the Congress, out of the three Yadav candidates, two won the poll and out of 10 Muslim candidates, six bagged the seats.

The RJD’s Yadav candidates had a whopping 85.71 strike rate whereas Muslim candidates notched up 75% strike rate for the party. For the JD(U), the strike rate of Yadav candidates was 84.61 % while Muslim contestants had 71.42% strike rate.

However, for their third alliance partner, the Congress party, the strike rate of Yadavs was 66.66% while for the Muslims it was 60%.

The political analysts told The Hindu that such an impressive M-Y strike rate had lifted the vote-share of the grand alliance to an extent that no other factor could affect the outcome.

“Even this M-Y combo helped JD(U)’s vote-share to pick up substantially”, said one of them.

It is said that if Mr.Kumar’s face and his “development” image being projected and publicised on a huge scale by his celebrity campaign manager Prashant Kishor had been the factor for the grand alliance’s grand victory, his party JD(U) would have got more seats than the RJD. But, the RJD got nine seats more that the JD(U)’s 71 seats.

During the poll campaign, Mr. Kumar’s face was splashed on huge billboards side by side the posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, all across the State. But, nowhere were visible RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s images, except on very few hoardings in the State capital Patna.

It is being observed that Mr Kishor’s publicity efforts had not reached people in remote villages who voted for the M-Y candidates of the RJD.

PATNA, November 10, 2015

Nitish Kumar led grand alliance surging ahead in Bihar

Nitish Kumar led grand alliance surging ahead in Bihar

In a reversal of early trends, the JDU-led grand alliance is surging ahead of the BJP-led NDA is leading more than 140 seats, well above the half-way mark needed for forming the government in Bihar.

Bihar elections

The Nitish Kumar-led grouping is leading in 146 of the 243 seats as counting of votes progressed fast in the five-phased elections that concluded on November 5.

The rival alliance has been projected to get 83 seats and the ‘Others’ eight.

Initial trends on television channels projected the BJP to be in the lead.

In the last assembly polls in 2010, the JDU had won 115 seats while BJP won in 91 when both parties had an alliance. RJD had got 24 and Congress 5, contesting separately.

-08 November 2015 | PTI | Patna

Narendra Modi warns people against ‘regressive agenda’ of Lalu, Nitish

Narendra Modi warns people against ‘regressive agenda’ of Lalu, Nitish

Taking on rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad on their home turfs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday painted them as leaders with regressive agenda with “18th century mindset”, attacking the Bihar chief minister over the “tantrik” controversy and said the RJD chief was leading “Rashtriya Jadu Tona” party.
Narendra Modi warns people against 'regressive agenda' of Lalu, Nitish
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking during
an election rally in Hajipur in Vaishali
district of Bihar on Oct 25, 2015. (AP photo)

In a string of poll rallies, Modi projected BJP’s six-point programme for state’s development as an alternative to the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and the Congres. Three phases remain for the Bihar polls on October 28, November one and five.

The Prime Minister also made a strong rebuttal of the attempts by the opposition to paint BJP as anti-reservation, saying it was a “bundle of lies” and promised “no one can even touch” the provisions made with the efforts of dalit icon BR Ambedkar for the upliftment of the deprived classes.

Kumar on Saturday courted controversy as a video of his meeting a ‘tantrik’ went viral in which the tantrik is heard asking JD(U) leader why he had teamed up with Prasad, uttering “Nitish Zindabad and Lalu Murdabad.”.

The video provided fresh ammunition to his BJP, which claimed that he was resorting to occult to get rid of foe-turned-friend Lalu.

Taking a jibe at the grand alliance over it in Nalanda, the home truf of Kumar, Modi said so far he knew only three players in Mahagatbandhan — Bada Bhai Lalu, Chhota Bhai Nitish and Madam Sonia Gandhi. “But for the first time I came to know there is also a fourth player, a tantrik. Now there are four players in this alliance of grand opportunism.”

Wondering whether such a “farce” can be allowed to go on with democracy, he asked the youths in Nalanda, the home turf of Kumar, whether Bihar needs such “tantra-mantra (occult practices” to get rid of its problems.

“Can a Bihar of 21st century be made with those carrying forth the thinking of 18th century. Bihar needs to be freed from this mindset of 18th century. We do not need jantar Mantar, we need computers. Our youths should have laptops in their hand and no taaveej,” Modi said alleging that those who were in power did nothing to develop the region.

Mocking the RJD chief in his once pocketborough Chhapra, Modi advised him to rename his party as “Rashtriya Jadu Tona Party” and become the country’s biggest ‘tantrik”.`

Ridiculing Lalu’s election meeting barbs at him, Modi said, “Laluji you are free to sacrifice black or white pigeon or blow chilly smoke. If you have to do this rename your party Rashtriya Janta Dal as Rashtriya Jadu Tona Party (party of occult practices) and being the head of the party, you will be the biggest ‘tantrik’ in the world.”

Accusing Lalu and Nitish of spreading the “poison” of caste politics, he said that he is being targetted by them as they have not been able to digest how the son hailing from an extremely backward caste became the Prime Minister.

-PTI | Oct 25, 2015