This Article is From Mar 10, 2023

Tejashwi Yadav's Delhi Home, Sisters' Homes Raided In Land-For-Jobs Case

The CBI had on March 7 interrogated former union railway minister Lalu Yadav for five hours in Delhi at his daughter Misa Bharti's Pandara Road house.

Tejashwi Yadav's house in Delhi's is being searched in connection with the land-for-jobs case.

New Delhi:

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav's Delhi house is being searched in connection with the land-for-jobs case, days after the CBI questioned his parents, former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, on consecutive days. The Enforcement Directorate is carrying out searches at over 15 locations in a case of alleged money laundering involving Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members. The searches are also covering the premises linked to Mr Yadav's daughters Ragini Yadav, Chanda Yadav, and Hema Yadav, and former RJD MLA Abu Dojana in Patna, Phulwari Sharif, Delhi-NCR, Ranchi, and Mumbai.

Sources close to Tejashwi Yadav criticised the timing of the move, saying they "never expected this kind of vendetta politics from the BJP when his wife is expecting a child". Mr Yadav's sister Rohini Acharya said her family was being "tortured" since morning only because that her family has never bent in front of "fascists and rioters".

"We will remember this injustice. Everything will be remembered. What crime have the sister's little children committed? What crime has the pregnant sister-in-law committed? Why is everyone being tortured? Everyone is being tortured since this morning. The only crime of these people is that the Lalu-Rabri family did not bow down in front of fascists and rioters. You will get the answer to this injustice when the time comes. Now all this is beyond tolerance," she tweeted in Hindi.

The CBI had on March 7 interrogated former union railway minister Lalu Yadav for five hours in Delhi at his daughter Misa Bharti's Pandara Road house, where he is currently residing after his kidney transplant surgery. A day before, the probe agency had questioned Rabri Devi at her Patna residence.

The CBI case, which names the Yadav couple and their daughters Misa and Hema, among others, is based on accusations that Mr Yadav and his family members bought land at cheap rates in exchange for jobs during his tenure as Union Railway Minister from 2004 to 2009. 

Besides the veteran politician, his wife and his daughters, the FIR, registered in May 2022, names 12 people who allegedly got jobs in exchange for land. In July last year, Mr Yadav's aide and former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Bhola Yadav was arrested by the CBI in the case.

The CBI filed a chargesheet against 16 people under charges of criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. They are all summoned by a court on March 15.

The raids come at a time when opposition parties have accused the Centre of misusing central agencies to settle political scores.

Eight Opposition parties had last week written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging misuse of central agencies for the BJP's political motives. Tejashwi Yadav, too, was among the signatories. The letter referred to Lalu Yadav among opposition leaders targeted by central agencies. It said the moves of central agencies "had often sparked suspicion that they were working as extended wings of the ruling dispensation".