Tejashwi Yadav’s Delhi home and sisters’ homes raided over workplace land issue
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s Delhi home was raided days after the CBI interrogated his parents, former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, in the Land for Jobs case. The Enforcement Directorate is conducting searches at more than 15 locations in the money laundering case against Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members. The searches also included premises associated with Mr Yadav’s daughters Ragini Yadav, Chanda Yadav and Hema Yadav and former RJD MLA Abu Dojana in Patna, Phulwari Sharif, Delhi-NCR, Ranchi and Mumbai.
On March 7, the CBI questioned former union railway minister Lalu Yadav for five hours in Delhi at his daughter Misa Bharti’s Pandara Road home, where she is currently staying after a kidney transplant. A day earlier, the polling agency had interviewed Rabri Devi at her residence in Patna.
The CBI case, which names the Yadav couple and their daughters Misa and Hema, among others, is based on allegations that Mr. Yadav and his family members bought land at a cheap price for their jobs when they were Union Railway Ministers. From 2004 to 2009…
Apart from the veteran politician, his wife and daughters, the FIR, registered in May 2022, named 12 people to be employed for the land exchange. In July last year, Mr Yadav’s aide and former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Bhola Yadav was arrested by the CBI in connection with the matter.
The CBI has registered a case against 16 people under the provisions of the Criminal Association and Prevention of Corruption Act. All of them will be summoned by the court on March 15.
The raids came as opposition parties accused the Center of misusing central agencies to settle political scores.
Eight opposition parties wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week alleging misuse of central agencies by the BJP for political reasons. Tejashwi Yadav was also among the signatories. The letter referred to Lalu Yadav as one of the opposition leaders targeted by central agencies. According to him, the central agency “often arouses the suspicion that they are functioning as an extended wing of the governing dispensation.”
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