The CBI filed a charge sheet on Friday against former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, and daughter Misa Bharti in connection with its investigation into the “land for job” case. Sources at the agency stated that the charge sheets also include two senior railway officials in addition to the beneficiaries of the “irregular” employment.
The case involves the allegations of the claim that Lalu Prasad and his family used the land to offer jobs to people working in Indian Railways. Indian Railways.
The CBI arrested Lalu and his family members in an earlier corruption case in May of this year. The agency had identified more than 16 people involved, including Lalu, his spouse Rabri Devi, and his two daughters, Misa Bharti and Hema Yadav, as suspects of corruption in an investigation.
The chargesheets released on Friday comprise Sowmya Raghvan, who was the GM, Railways; Kamal Deep Mainrai who was the CPO, Railways; alleged beneficiaries named as railway substitutes Rajkumar Singh, Mithlesh Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Dharmendra Kumar, Vikas Kumar, and Abhishek Kumar as well as some alleged middlemen Ravindra Rai, Kiran Devi, Akhileshwar Singh and Ramashish Singh.
“During the investigation, it has been established that the accused conspired with the former GM Central Railways and CPO, Central Railways engaged persons to act as substitutes for the land in their names or on behalf of their closest relatives. This land was bought at a price lower than the current circle rate and considerably less than market rates. The report also stated that the candidates had utilized a fake TC and provided fraudulent attested documents to Ministry of Railways,” a CBI statement stated.
In May, following the FIR, the agency also started search operations in 17 sites on premises associated with Lalu and his relatives such as his teenage daughter Misa Bharti, and others.
The investigation, as per Central Prosecution Agency is the result of allegations that Lalu claimed to have taken land plots in exchange for bribes to provide jobs to people while his position was as the minister of railways under the UPA government.
The agency has reported that up to 12 persons from Patna were recruited to Group D positions in the Indian Railways, and in lieu of this, the family of Lalu was granted 7 plots of land located in Patna and other places for just a small amount. These plots belong to the families of the 12 people who were given the post.
As per the CBI, Lalu’s family accumulated more than 15,000 sq feet of land for a mere $ 26 lakh, and the circle rate of the time places the total worth of this land as 4.39 crore. 4.39 crore.
The CBI began a preliminary investigation in this area in September of last year.
In August of this year, when the JDU-RJD government that was formed in August was facing a trust decision at the Bihar Assembly, the CBI searched several locations in connection with the matter, which included the residences of four high-ranking RJD leaders as well as an area mall in Gurgaon that the CBI claimed was connected to Bihar vice CM Tejashwi Yadav the Bihar deputy CM, an accusation he has denied.
The raids were carried through the offices belonging to the RJD treasurer, MLC and Treasurer Sunil Singh, along with the homes of two Rajya Sabha MPs of RJD, Faiyaz Ahmad and Shfaq Karim. Additionally, the former RJD MLC Subodh Rai offices were also raided.
In July In July, the CBI was able to arrest Bhola Yadav, OSD to Lalu at the time he was the minister of railways, and an employee of the railway.
The CBI in 2018 charged Lalu and Rabri, his spouse Rabri and his son Tejashwi as part of the IRCTC case in which it was claimed that, as the minister of railways, Lalu favoured a company in the awarding of contracts to two IRCTC hotels to operate and maintain. The family of Lalu allegedly got a large parcel of property in Patna at a bargain price from the firm proprietors, that was awarded the contract an exchange for money.