A Delhi Patiala House Court on Monday granted regular bail to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav and others in a money laundering case against them in IRCTC scam case.
The bail was granted on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh. The next date of hearing in the case is 11 February.
On being granted bail, Tejashwi Yadav said, “We are confident of getting justice. We trust the judiciary.”
The scam is related to alleged irregularities in granting the operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.
According to the charge sheet filed by CBI, between 2004 and 2014, BNR hotels in Puri and Ranchi were first transferred to IRCTC and later, for its operations, maintenance and upkeep, given on lease to Sujata Hotels Private Limited, which is based in Patna, Bihar. It is alleged that the tender process was rigged and the conditions were tweaked to help the private party – Sujata Hotels.
Based on the CBI case, ED also filed money laundering case against Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others. Former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta, then managing director of IRCTC PK Goyal was also named as accused in the charge sheet.
The CBI registered a case in July 2017, and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurgaon in connection with the case. The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy, cheating and corruption, CBI had said.
Between 2010 and 2014, this land was further transferred, CBI alleged.