New Delhi: Tejashwi Yadav has to appear before the Enforcement Directorate today for questioning in the Land for Job case. ED had sent him summons to appear at its Delhi office for questioning. In this case, ED has interrogated Tejashwi Yadav for about eight hours on April 11. In this case, summons has also been sent to Lalu Prasad to record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). This is the first time that ED has summoned Lalu Prasad to join the investigation in this case. The ED summons comes after questioning Amit Katyal, an alleged “close associate” of the Lalu Prasad family. Katyal was arrested by ED in November.
What is land for job issue?
The alleged scam dates back to the time when Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-1 government. The allegation is that from 2004 to 2009, several persons were appointed to Group “D” posts in various zones of the Indian Railways and in turn, these persons transferred their land to the family members of the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and a related company, A. Was transferred to .K.Infosystems Pvt. Ltd. The ED had earlier claimed in a statement that Katyal was the director of this company when it acquired land from the candidates “on behalf of Lalu Prasad”. The agency had alleged, “The registered address of the company is D-1088, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, which is the residence of Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members.” It said, “Lalu Prasad Yadav when he was the Railway Minister. Amit Katyal had also taken many other lands in the said company in return for giving undue benefits to him.
According to the ED, after acquiring the land, the shares of the said company were “transferred” to Lalu Prasad’s family members in 2014. The ED case, registered under criminal sections of the PMLA, stems from a complaint filed by the CBI. Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav were granted bail by a lower court in October after the CBI filed a chargesheet against them in the case. RJD is a constituent of the opposition alliance ‘India’ which is planning to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming general elections in 2024.
Land was sold to Lalu Prasad’s family at concessional rates.
According to the CBI, no advertisement or public notice was issued for the appointment, but some residents of Patna were appointed in various zonal railways in Mumbai, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hajipur. It alleged that in return, the candidates, directly or through their family members, allegedly sold land at highly discounted rates to Lalu Prasad’s family members. Over the past few months, the ED has recorded the statements of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, her daughters Misa Bharti (RJD member in Rajya Sabha), Chanda Yadav and Ragini Yadav in the case. Are. (input language)
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