CBI raids Lalu Prasad Yadav and family’s 12 premises over railway hotel tender ‘irregularities’ Friday July 07,2017
In more trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav, the CBI on Friday July 07,2017 raided 12 places across the country, including his Patna home, over alleged irregularities in awarding of tenders for hotel maintenance when the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief was the railways minister.
The case has been registered against Lalu Prasad Yadav,his wife Rabri Devi and their son Tejashwi, who is the deputy chief minister of Bihar, CBI sources said. The then Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation managing director PK Goyal and the wife of Prasad’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata, are among the other accused. Gupta is a former union corporate affairs minister.
The simultaneous raids in Bihar’s capital Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon in Haryana, Puri in Odisha, and Ranchi in Jharkhand began at around 7:30am.
The RJD chief was not at his home when a CBI team reached his residence at 10, Circular Road in Patna. He is in Ranchi to appear in a CBI court in the fodder scandal that involves large-scale embezzlement of government funds.
The CBI is examining irregularities in awarding tenders to private firms for operating railway hotels located close to stations. Among the places being raided were a few farm houses and two hotels, including the popular Chanakya BNR hotel in Ranchi
Timeline of events leading up to Friday’s raids:
18.9.2001: Railway board decides to transfer complete management of catering services, including railway hotels, to IRCTC
9.3.2004: Indian Railways signs memorandum of understanding with IRCTC detailing the modalities of transfer of management of static and mobile catering to IRCTC
May 2004: Lalu Prasad becomes railway minister
31.8.2004: Chairman of railway board tells railway board that “only catering managed by private contractors pertaining to pantry, refreshment room should be transferred to IRCTC and department catering shall continue to remain with railway at present”
30.11.2004: Secretary of railway board informs Yadav about the taking over of existing railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri by IRCTC
25.02.2005: Railways informs IRCTC about the transfer of BNR hotels to IRCTC. The same day land owned by Harsh Kochhar and Vijay Kochhar of Sujatha Hotels sold to Delight Marketing Company for Rs1.47Cr, less than the prevailing market rate
25.08.2005: Secretary of railway board sends to Lalu minutes of the board meeting related to transfer of hotels in Ranchi and Puri
10.7.2006: Director IRCTC moves proposal for development of BNR hotels through Private- Public Partnership
03.11.2006: Advertisement seeking bids from private contractors published
13.11.2006: Director IRCTC amends the eligibility condition. The amendment allows Sujatha Hotels to bid for contract
15.11.2006: Fresh advertisements issued based on amended eligibility
27.12.2006: Sujata Hotels win contract for the two railways (BNR) hotels in Ranchi and Puri
May 2010 - February 2014: Delight Marketing Company controlled by Sarla Gupta begins gradual transfer of land to Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi