In a big relief to Lalu Prasad family, Delhi’s Patiala House Court today granted bail to Lalu’s wife, Bihar former CM Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav in an Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case. The Court granted bail on a personal bond and surety amount of Rs 1 lakh each. Earlier The Court had summoned and asked the Lalu family and others in the case to appear before the court today in the case related to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.
As Lalu is in a Jharkhand jail in another case, he did not appear before the court today. The CBI filed the charge sheet in the case on April 16. It had said there was enough evidence against Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi and others. The allegations in the case were that Lalu Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company, Delight Marketing Company.
After the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotel, the ownership of Delight Marketing Company changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav between 2010 and 2014. By this time, Lalu had resigned as railway minister.