A team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) visited former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi’s residence on Monday in connection with the land-for-jobs scam case. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Rabri’s son Tejashwi Yadav was also present at the residence when the CBI team arrived.
Court summons issued to Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, and Misa Bharti
Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, and Misa Bharti were issued summons by the Rouse Avenue court. The court had asked them to appear on March 15, but the CBI team reached Rabri’s residence before the date. The CBI had filed an FIR against 17 people, including Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, and Misa Bharti, over the land-for-jobs scam on May 18, 2022.
Land-for-jobs scam: Allegations and findings
The land-for-jobs scam involves alleged land acquisitions in exchange for jobs in the railways between 2004 and 2009 when Lalu Prasad Yadav was Union Railway Minister. The CBI found that the accused, in collusion with the then General Manager of Central Railway and CPO of Central Railway, appointed persons in their name or their close relatives in lieu of land. The land was acquired at a price lower than the prevailing circle rate and much lower than the market rate.
It is alleged that during the period from 2004 to 2009, Lalu Prasad had obtained land in the name of his family members and received pecuniary benefits from the candidates in exchange for jobs in Group D posts in various zones of the Railways. Several persons residing in Patna themselves or through their family members had sold their land in Patna in favour of Prasad’s family members, and a private company controlled by his family was also involved in the transfer of such immovable properties.
The federal probe agency said that in this case, 1,05,292 feet of land in Patna was acquired by the family members of Lalu Prasad Yadav by paying cash to the vendors. It has also been alleged that advertisement or any public notice was not issued for recruitment in Railways. Still, those who were residents of Patna were appointed as substitutes in various Zonal Railways located at Mumbai, Jabalpur, Kolkata
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