It is customary to inform the Chief Minister when such action is taken against top leaders, said CBI sources. Mr Yadav's party co-governs Bihar with Mr Kumar and his 27-year-old son Tejashwi Yadav is Deputy Chief Minister.
The top bureaucrat of the government, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, received the phone call.
Like the Chief Minister, his deputy was also aware. Tejashwi Yadav said he had called top police officers in the morning to ensure adequate security for the CBI team when it arrived at their home around 7.30 am, and made sure all their cars were parked inside the property "so that they don't have to face the crowd."
Yadav junior said he had spoken to Additional Director General of Police SK Singhal. An alert was issued from the Bihar Police headquarters cautioning all posts about possible protests by Mr Yadav's supporters and party men.
Reports suggested that when the raids started, Mr Kumar, who is in Rajgir, called senior officials for a meeting.
Mr Kumar had left for Rajgir yesterday, apparently over health issues. But his absence from Patna was seen as a political move to avoid Meira Kumar - the presidential nominee of 17 opposition parties - who arrived in the state capital to campaign. Mr Kumar has chosen to support the BJP's choice Ram Nath Kovind.
The raids on Mr Yadav come at a low point in his relationship with Mr Kumar, who has been seen as inclined to disassociate himself from his corruption-accused ally and has been accused by critics of sidling up to the NDA. His decision to back the BJP's presidential nominee is also seen to have seriously dented the Bihar "Mahagatbandhan" or alliance the two leaders formed in 2015.