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Nitish fails to break silence as Tejashwi proves a hot potato

Nitish fails to break silence as Tejashwi proves a hot potato

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed a criminal case against RJD leader and former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his family members and former Managing Director of IRCTC over charges of corruption.

Refuting Congress' allegatuions, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the government and the BJP have no role in CBI raids on Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family.

The case relates to alleged manipulation in award of contract for maintenance of two hotels run by a subsidiary of the Indian Railways - IRCTC - when the RJD chief was railway minister in the UPA government.

He also refuted charges of favouring Sujata Hotels through IRCTC while he was the railway minister and said the decision to hand over the hotels was taken before he took over as railway minister in 2004.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday raided the residence of Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti in New Delhi, ANI reported. The raids included the premises of the Yadav family as well as those of his confidant Prem Chand Gupta, whose wife Sarla Gupta is listed as an accused in the FIR. "The allegation being made against me of taking land against the leases is totally baseless", said Prasad.

The meeting, which will be chaired by the RJD chief, is likely to discuss the emerging political situation, particularly the growing demand by the BJP to sack Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav from the Nitish Cabinet, in the wake of a series of raids by law enforcing agencies.

A defiant Yadav, who returned to Patna from Ranchi after the raid was conducted, called the whole exercise a conspiracy hatched against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2006, the award was finalised through an open tender.

Ironically, Lalu Yadav was today in Ranchi to appear in a CBI court in connection with a case related to the multi-crore fodder scam.

"I don't want to comment on the issue", JD (U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi told Mirror. Asthana also said that another tract of land was transferred to the Sarla's firm in western Patna at rates, considerably less than the active circle prices at the time. "When will he seek Tejashwi and Tej Pratap's resignation?" asked party leader Sushil Kumar Modi.

Saying the BJP was scared to death about the RJD's upcoming rally on August 27, Yadav said that by sending CBI goons to his house, they were hoping to derail the rally. "There was a NDA government and (Atal Behari) Vajpayee was the Prime Minister", Lalu Prasad said.

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