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Rabri Devi skips ED summons, asked to appear on Oct 16 now

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former chief minister Rabri Devi today skipped her scheduled appearance before the (ED)inconnection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, officials said.

The central probe agency, they said, has now asked her to appear on October 16.


Rabri Devi, the wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has earlier twice skipped the ED summonses in this case.

It was not immediately clear if she furnished any reason for her absence today.

The ED had yesterday questioned her son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav for about nine hours inconnection with this case.

The has also recently recorded the statement of Tejashwi Yadav and in this case.

The ED hadregistered a criminal case against the Lalu Prasad family members and others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) sometime back.

It hadearlier questioned a few people in this case includingthe wife of former minister P C Gupta.

The agency had taken cognisance of a FIR in this regardto initiate its own criminal complaint.

In July, the (CBI) had registereda criminal FIR (first information report) and conducted multiple searches against former chief minister and others.

The ED will investigate the alleged "proceeds of crime" generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies, officials had said.

Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others will be probed by the agency under charges filed in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED equivalent of a police FIR.

The case dates back to the time when Lalu was the railway minister in the government.

Others named in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.

The FIR alleges that Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company after receiving a bribe in the form of prime land in Patna through a 'benami' company owned by Sarla Gupta.

The FIR was registered on July 5 in connection with favours allegedly extended to Sujata Hotels in awarding a contract for the upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri and receiving premium land as 'quid pro quo'.

The ED, under the PMLA, has powers to attach and confiscate tainted assets and it is expected that the agency will initiate such a move once it makes progress in the case.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 16:32 IST
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