Days after his release in the fodder scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday booked RJD supremo and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fresh case of corruption related to the land for railway job scam. The CBI has charged Lalu with taking land from aspirants in return for jobs in the railways. The alleged land-for-jobs scam pertains to the period when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the railway minister in the UPA government.
According to the news agency ANI, the CBI has also booked Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in the case. Meanwhile, the CBI is also raiding 17 locations in Delhi and Bihar related to Lalu Prasad Yadav. Morning visuals showed heavy police presence outside the residence of Lalu Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi in Patna.
According to a CBI source, Lalu and others were recently charged with taking payments from unemployed youths and defrauding them under the guise of supplying them with government jobs.
“When Yadav was a Union minister, he informed the innocent people that he would help them gain government employment, either through his aide or directly. They also seized land from employment seekers. However, not everyone was given a job “IANS, a news agency, reports.
When asked how many Lalu and others acquired such land pieces through this, the source said they were making a list. The CBI officials are also recording the statements of those who are present at the locations.
This comes weeks after the RJD leader was granted bail in the Rs 950-crore fodder scam case. The 73-year-old veteran leader walked out of jail last month after the Jharkhand High Court granted him bail in the Rs 139 crore Doranda Treasury scam case, in which the CBI special court had sentenced him to five years in prison.