CBI raids Lalu, kin's premises over corruption charges in hotel allotment case

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CBI raids Lalu, kin's premises over corruption charges in hotel allotment case

He added, "Everyone knows that Amit Shah is a tadipaar and how Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of this country". "Everything, including income and licence fee, was fixed under an agreement for 15 years lease", he said, adding that all the deals were done through open tender process and there is not a single accusation against him which can be proved.

"BJP aur Modi humko nest-e-nabood karna chahti hai. Fansi ke fande par latak jayenge par tumko kamyab nahi hone denge (Ready to get hanged but won't let you succeed)", Prasad told newspersons after arriving here late in the evening from Ranchi. But listen Modi, I will hang by a noose but will never bend.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday urged the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (United) to muster courage and compel Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav to step down from his post. The CBI has alleged that Lalu, as railway minister, awarded a contract for the upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotels and receiving premium land in Patna as a "quid pro quo" through a benami company owned by Sarla Gupta.

He also refuted charges of favouring Sujata Hotels through IRCTC while he was the railway minister and said the decision to hand over the hotels was taken before he took over as railway minister in 2004. "So, the allegations against me are baseless". He further said that police is also patrolling in some of the sensitive areas to prevent any untoward incidents. Asthana also said that another tract of land was transferred to the Sarla's firm in western Patna at rates, considerably less than the active circle prices at the time.

But, for all the professed bravado, RJD leaders were sceptical in private whether the proposed rally would be as impressive as planned, if Lalu and Tejashwi landed up behind bars weeks ahead of the August 27 event. Senior JD (U) leaders, however, said that they would not take any step that would give "advantage" to the BJP.

Yesterday, the CBI conducted searches at residences and premises linked to Lalu Yadav and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in the award of a tender for the maintenance of two railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.

In the same year, the hotels were transferred to the railway corporation.

"The tender was specifically worded to favor Delight Marketing Private Limited, a company that had agreed to provide three acres of land to Lalu Prasad Yadav, the then Railway Minister, in Western Patna".

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