Land for jobs case: CBI court grants bail to Lalu Yadav, wife Rabri Devi and daughter Misa Bharti
A CBI court on Wednesday granted bail to former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Yadav, wife Rabri Devi and their daughter Misa Bharti in the purported land for jobs scam case. The next hearing in the case is set for March 29.
Lalu Yadav arrived in a wheelchair for his first court appearance after a kidney transplant in Singapore three months ago.
Former Bihar chief ministers, Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi and their children, including their youngest son and current Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav are accused of receiving land parcels in exchange for jobs during Lalu Yadav’s stint as Railway Minister from 2004 to 2009.
In its chargesheet, the Central Bureau of investigation has claimed that Lalu made “irregular appointments” in violation of rules in the Railways and in exchange those employed by the former chief minister sold land to the Yadav family at dirt cheap rates.
The Yadavs have been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption. According to a statement by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the current market value of the land of the Yadav family’s allegedly ill-gotten land is approximated at Rs 200 crore.
Last week, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches at Delhi homes of Tejashwi Yadav and his sisters in connection with the alleged land for jobs scam, in which the CBI has named their parents and former Bihar chief ministers, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi as prime accused.
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The CBI chargesheet has named Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and 14 others in the purported case which allegedly involves people being given employment in the railways in exchange for land parcels parcels gifted or sold at cheap rates to the Yadav family and its associates.
The accused have been charged of criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, and were summoned today. The ED, which probes financial crimes, has filed its case stemming from the same CBI complaint, under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
On March 7, Lalu Yadav, a former railway minister was questioned by the CBI, day after his wife and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi was grilled by the probe agency in the same case.
The CBI case, which names the Yadav couple and their daughters Misa and Hema, among others, is based on allegations that Yadav and his family members bought land at a discount in exchange for jobs while he served as Union Railway Minister from 2004 to 2009.
Meanwhile, ‘Thenga mila hai’, said Tejashwi Yadav on Monday as he scoffed at the Enforcement Directorate’s claim of seizing Rs 600 crore during last week’s raids at the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader’s and his sisters’ residential homes in Delhi.
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