New Delhi: In a major relief for the Yadav family, Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday granted bail to former Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad Yadav, ex-Bihar CM Rabri Devi, their daughter, RJD MP Misa Bharti & other accused in the Land-for-job case.
The Court noted that CBI filed the chargesheet without arrest. The court directed every accused to furnish Rs 50,000 personal bail bond & a like amount surety.
- Lalu Yadav along with his wife Rabri Devi, and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti reached Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday, after being summoned by the court.
- Lalu Yadav could be seen entering the court premises in a wheelchair along with his wife (Rabri Devi) and daughter (Misa Bharti).
- Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court had issued summons to Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti and 13 others, in connection to the case, while taking cognizance of the CBI Chargesheet filed against them.
- Notably, while CBI has been questioning several members of Lalu Yadav’s family, and ED has conducted several searches in connection with the case.
- The ED team had on March 10, conducted a raid at the residence of the Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in Delhi for over 11 hours.
- On March 10, Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches at 24 locations at various places in Delhi NCR, Patna, Mumbai and Ranchi in the Railways land-for-job scams. The searches were conducted based on specific intelligence inputs.
- The ED also conducted raids against many relatives of former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad at multiple locations across Delhi, the National Capital Region (NCR) and Bihar in the alleged land-for-jobs scam.
- The CBI also summoned Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav in connection with the land-for-jobs case, however, Tejashwi skipped appearing before the probe agency due to his ‘wife’s ill-health’.
- On March 7, Lalu Yadav was grilled by CBI for nearly six years in two sessions at his residence in Pandara Park, Delhi.
- On March 6, CBI questioned former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi in connection with the land-for-jobs case at the Pandara park residence of his daughter Rajya Sabha member Misa Bharti.
- CBI in its chargesheet had stated that irregular appointments of candidates were made in Central Railway, violating the laid down norms and procedures of Indian Railways for recruitment.
- “As a quid-pro-quo, the candidates directly or through their immediate relatives/family members, sold land to the family members of Lalu Prasad Yadav (then Union Railway Minister) at highly discounted rates up to 1/4th to 1/5th of the prevailing market rates,” stated CBI.
- The Court while issuing summons to the accused stated, “After going through the charge sheet and the documents and material on record, prima facie shows the commission of offences under Section 120B read with Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 IPC and Sections 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 (2) read with Section 13 (1) (d) of PC Act, 1988 and substantive offences thereof. Accordingly, cognizance is taken of the said offences.”
- The alleged scam occurred when Yadav was Railway Minister between 2004 and 2009. Apart from the RJD leader, the chargesheet also includes the name of the then Railway General Manager.
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed the chargesheet in October last year against Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti and 13 others.
(With agency inputs)