The terror of Lalu yadav still prevails in his place as on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office informed Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar that the federal agents were about to raid chief Lalu Prasad and his deputy son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dalover for an alleged land-for-hotels scandal. According to the officials said Kumar was informed about the raids, the Prime Minister’s Office feared that they might get trouble while searching the homes and properties of Lalu and his son Tejashwi, they expressed their apprehensions of law and order problem during the raids and asked the PMO to inform the Bihar government about the development of raid program.
CBI raided the premises of family members of former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in connection with a fresh case of alleged irregularities charging him for the tender for maintenance of hotels in Ranchi and Puri, according to ANI. Raids are being carried out at over 12 places in Delhi, Gurugram, Patna, Ranchi and Puri from 7.30 am on Friday and are still underway.
Senior Bihar government officials confirmed the tip off from the PMO, saying they were asked to be ready to tackle any violent protest.
“I was told to be on standby yesterday late night. I was not told any reason but was asked to review security arrangements and prepare for crowd control,” a top police officer in Bihar told HT.
As per a source -The central investigation agency has filed a case against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, his wife and former chief minister of Bihar Rabri Devi, Bihar deputy chief minister and his son Tejashwi, the then IRCTC MD, PK Goyal, the wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sarla, and others. As the FIR relates to allegations of irregularities about tender for development, maintenance and operation of BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri, which is privately owned by Sujata Hotels in 2006.
Sushil Modi Bihar’s chief of Bharatiya Janata Party, told CNN-News 18 that the onus is once again on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to decide whether he wants people like Tejashwi in his cabinet or not. Till now no reactions have come so far from the Janata Dal United camp, which is an RJD ally in Bihar. However, Lalu Yadav, who is appearing for a court hearing in another case, said that he will address the media after the court hearing on Friday.
Lalu is also an accused in the infamous the multi-crore Bihar fodder scam and was uncovered and he was unseated from the chief minister’s post, otherwise nobody knows what all scams he would have created. He is accused of carrying out corruption and irregularities in payments for animal fodder and is already a convict in one case and is facing trials in five other similar case. He has faced five years in prison over the case and has been debarred from fighting elections till 20124.
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said “This is not a political matter worthy of comment. The law must take its course but any kind of political campaigning must not be done at this point.”
Venkaiah Naidu BJP leader and Union minister said that the talk that the CBI raids are politically motivated are wrong. He said that the CBI is a central agency, which acts on its own mandate. The BJP leader also refused to link the development with the grand alliance in Bihar.
In addition to it Naidu said “Whatever is happening is not related to Nitish… I don’t want to link this with Nitish. He is a very wise man and he will know what’s to be done”.
Putting up a brave front said RJD leader Mohan Jha, “Today is darkest day in Indian democracy, we will not be cowed down by this. We Will fight legally and politically,” according to ANI.