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CBI books Lalu, Rabri & Tejashwi in Railway tender scam, conducts raids at 12 locations

According to reports, the agency is conducting searches at multiple locations including Delhi, Patna, Puri and Gurgaon in relation with the case. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 07, 2017, 03.36 AM (IST)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against former railway minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a case of irregularity in awarding tender for hotels.

The investigative agnecy also registered cases against Lalu's wife Rabri Devi, his son and deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav, then managing director of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and others. 

Lalu Yadav, who will appear before a court in the fodder scam case today, said that he will speak on the issue later today. 

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According to reports, the agency is conducting searches at multiple locations including Delhi, Patna, Puri and Gurgaon in relation with the case. 

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Lalu is accused of giving tender to a private company for the development, maintenance, and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri when he was railway minister during the UPA-I government from 2004 to 2009.    

Reacting to the development, BJP leader and union minister Giriraj Singh hit out at the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar saying he should stop being a mute spectator and make his stand clear. BJP leader Sushil Modi also reacted to the news of raids and said that Nitish Kumar should sack Tejashwi Yadav as the deputy chief minister of Bihar, ANI reported.  

Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) is in allaince with Lalu Yadav's RJD and the Congress in what is referred to as the "Mahagathbandhan" in Bihar.

R C Purvey, Bihar RJD chief, termed the raids as politics of revenge and said that the alliance in Bihar is united. 

There were speculations that not every thing is well between the two allies after Nitish Kumar opted out of the opposition allaince to nominate Meira Kumar as the presidential candidate and pledged his party's support to BJP-led NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind. 

   

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