The CBI had been searching at least 15 locations belonging to the RJD patriarch and family.
New Delhi: In a fresh case of corruption against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi and daughter Misa Bharti, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at their properties. The probe agency, after charging Lalu Yadav and other family members in a fresh corruption case relating to alleged irregularities in railway recruitment between 200 and 2009, raided multiple locations belonging to him and family in Delhi, Patna and Gopalganj. Yadav was Railway Minister in Dr Manmohan Singh-led UPA-I government from 2004 to 2009.
As per the initial reports, the CBI had been searching at least 15 locations belonging to the RJD patriarch and family. The investigation agency has been probing allegations that Yadav and his family members have received pieces of land for providing jobs during his ministership.
Convicting in the fifth fodder scam case involving embezzlement of over Rs 139 crore by Doranda treasury, a CBI court in Ranchi, earlier this year, had sentenced five years jail term and had fined Rs 60 lakh to the former Bihar CM. On April 22, Jharkhand High Court granted him bail in the scam as he was in custody after the CBI court’s judgment of five years’ jail for the 73-year-old politician.
It may be noted that the infamous fodder scam related to the financial irregularities to the tune of around Rs 930 crore in the animal husbandry department of the undivided Bihar between 1985 and 1995. At that time, Lalu Yadav was additionally holding the portfolio of finance minister and during the same period the scam happened.