ED summons Tejashwi Yadav in IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday issued summons to Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav in connection with the alleged irregularities in a 2006 IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Nov 03, 2017, 11:49 AM IST
ED summons Tejashwi Yadav in IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case

Patna: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday issued summons to Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav in connection with the alleged irregularities in a 2006 IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case.

The former Bihar deputy chief minister has been asked by the ED to appear before it on November 13.

The son of RJD chief was on October 10 grilled for about nine hours by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case.

The ED had registered a criminal case against Lalu Prasad's family members and others under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), sometime back.

Earlier, Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi were questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for hours in connection with the case on October 5 and 6 respectively.

The ED, on July 27, had registered a separate case under the PMLA following the CBI FIR in the matter and began probing Lalu Prasad and others for alleged transfer of money through shell companies.

The CBI, on July 5, had filed a corruption case against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav for alleged irregularities in the allotment of contracts for Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (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 -- both named in the CBI FIR as accused -- in lieu of a bribe in the form of a three-acre commercial plot at a prime location in Bihar`s Patna district, the CBI said.

A preliminary CBI inquiry found the land was sold by the Kochhars to Delight Marketing Company and the payment was arranged through Ahluwalia Contractors and its promoter Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia, another accused. The ED has since also questioned Ahluwalia.

Delight Marketing, which bought the property from the Kochhars, was later taken over by Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav, alleges the CBI.

Sarla Gupta, wife of the RJD chief`s close associate and former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta and a director of Delight Marketing, is a co-accused in the case, apart from then IRCTC Managing Director P.K. Goel.