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IRCTC Scam: Bail granted to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav; Lalu Yadav to appear in court on Nov 19

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Subhayan Chakraborty | Updated on: 06 Oct 2018, 12:10:12 PM
IRCTC scam: Delhi's Patiala House Court grants regular bail to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav; Lalu Yadav to appear on Nov 19 (File Photo)

New Delhi:

In an Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case, Delhi's Patiala House Court on Saturday granted interim bail to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and other accused present at the hearing after the Rashtriya Janata Dal's (RJD) Bhola Yadav announced that the doctors at The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have declared Lalu Prasad Yadav as physically unfit to travel and thus, he will not be able to appear before the court. The Delhi's Patiala House have fixed November 19 as the next date of hearing and have directed Lalu Prasad Yadav to appear before the court via video conferencing. 

“He is admitted at RIMS, Ranchi, the doctors have declared him physically unfit to travel. Jail authorities have informed the court of his inability to appear before it today,” said RJD's Bhola Yadav, on RJD Chief Lalu Yadav summoned by Delhi's Patiala House Court in IRCTC scam case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have opposed the bail of Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and other accused present at the Patiala House Court and said that the regular bail will hamper the case investigation, according to News Agency ANI.

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The Delhi court had summoned Lalu Prasad Yadav, his son Tejashwi Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi as accused in relation to the IRCTC scam case on September 17.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Arun Bharadwaj, while acting on the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had directed the accused to appear before the court on October 6.

The court had also summoned RJD’s PC Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta along with IRCTC’s then MD PK Goyal, Lara Projects firm and 10 others as accused under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

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In the report which stated that Prasad along with some IRCTC officials had allegedly misused their power and position by granting sub-lease of two railway hotels at Puri and Ranchi to Sujata Pvt Ltd.

“The said company possessing valuable chunk of land gradually got transferred to Rabri Devi and her son Tejashwi by way of share purchase at nominal prices,” the charge sheet stated.

“The funds used to acquire the land had dubious origin and had been laundered through 151 group of companies belonging to P C Gupta by using an NBFC named Abhishek Finance Company Limited.”

The shares of Delight Marketing Company Private Limited were apparently acquired by Rabri Devi and Tejashwi at way less than that of the market value.

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“It is noteworthy that the funds used for the acquisition of shares by Rabri Devi are questionable and individuals from whom Tejashwi had purchased shares denied any knowledge of holding them,” it said.

Earlier, the court had already summoned Yadav, his son, and wife as accused over a CBI charge sheet in this case. 

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First Published : 06 Oct 2018, 10:18:59 AM