Cbi: Land-for-jobs case: CBI summons Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav | India News


NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoned Bihar deputy chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav to appear before it in connection with the land-for-jobs case on Saturday, a day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided his Delhi house. This is the second summon issued to him, the first being issued on February 4, but he did not appeared before the CBI then, said an official.
The official added the RJD leader was asked to appear for questioning at the CBI headquarters in the forenoon but he is yet to arrive.
During Friday’s ED raid, the team reportedly questioned him for over 11 hours.
Earlier, the CBI had grilled Yadav’s parents and former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi. Former railway minister Lalu Prasad was questioned for nearly five hours in two sessions on Tuesday, while his wife Rabri Devi was grilled at her Patna residence a day earlier.
The case pertains to Lalu Prasad and some of his family members allegedly receiving plots of land as bribes for jobs in Indian Railways between 2004 and 2009 when he was the railway minister.
The CBI has already filed a charge sheet in the case against Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi and 14 others under charges of criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, following which a Delhi court had last month issued summons to them for appearance before it on March 15.
So far, three people — Bhola Yadav, then officer on special duty to Lalu Prasad, and alleged beneficiaries Hridayanand Chaudhary and Dharmendra Rai — have been arrested in connection with the case.
On Friday, the ED also conducted searches at the houses of some RJD leaders and Lalu Prasad’s relatives, including daughter Misa Bharti and former MLA Abu Dojana, in multiple cities of Delhi-NCR and Bihar in connection with the land-for-jobs case.
Meanwhile, the opposition has slammed the BJP-led central government, accusing it of misuse of power. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making a sinister attempt to kill democracy by misusing ED-CBI on opposition leaders, adding that the public will give a “befitting reply to this dictatorship”.
In a tweet in Hindi, Kharge said that PM Modi has kept ED sitting at the house of Tejashwi Yadav for 14 hours.
(With inputs from agencies)


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