Lalu Yadav, Rabri Yadav's properties raided by CBI, case filed. Here's why

Nitish Kumar's growing liking for all things

The ED on Saturday raided the premises of Misa Bharti, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, for allegedly amassing benami properties and running shell companies with the intention of money laundering.

This, according to sources, is why Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is finding it hard to come out of the grand alliance and join hands with the BJP.

The CBI on Friday filed a corruption case and carried out raids at the residences of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri and son Tejashwi Yadav, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, for alleged irregularities in leasing two railway hotels to a private company when he was the Railways Minister. Others in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and then IRCTC managing director PK Goel. "LARA (acronym for Lalu-Rabri) Projects LLP €" a company in which Rabri Devi and her two sons are shareholders and directors €" owns prime land in Danapur where Bihar's "biggest shopping mall" worth Rs 500 crore is coming up. "He will have to speak out and state his stand clearly", Singh said.

Sushil Modi yesterday said Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members have acquired more than 125 properties in last 12 years.

Sources said Kumar, who is the JD (U) national president and heads Bihar's grand alliance government with RJD and Congress, extended his sojourn in the health resort town of Rajgir, 100 km off Patna, till Sunday evening or Monday morning.


"Nitish Kumar had once said he would not allow a tainted minister in his cabinet and accepted the resignations of Jitan Ram Manjhi, Awadhesh Kushwaha, Ramanand Singh and Ramadhar Singh for their alleged involvement in criminal cases", said the BJP leader. The BNR hotels are Railways' heritage hotels which Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) took over from the public transporter earlier in the same year.

Prasad, who was here on Friday to appear before a Special CBI Court in connection with a fodder scam case, claimed that he was being targeted by the BJP Government.

The RJD supremo, however, refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the BJP. "This is a conspiracy and politics of revenge".

"The alliance is intact in Bihar but some people have been cooking stories of its imminent break-up and dreaming of its end", he said. "We will fight it out at the legal and political level and emerge victorious", RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said.

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