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CBI files charge sheet against Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi in IRCTC case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today filed a charge sheet against two companies and 12 people, including former Prasad, his wife and son Tejashwi Yadav, for alleged irregularities in grant of an operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.

The charge sheet was filed in a special court here, officials said.

Besides these three, former Union Prem Chand Gupta, his wife Sarla Gupta, then group of and (IRCTC) B K Agarwal, who is at present of Railway Board, then Managing of Goyal and then IRCTC Rakesh Saxena, have been named in the charge sheet.

Others named in the charge sheet, include then group of IRCTC V K Asthana and R K Goyal, Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of and owners of

Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and Private Limited, have also been named as accused companies in the charge sheet.

The had registered a case in July last year and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, and in connection with the case.

The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption, the CBI had said.

The charge sheet said that between 2004 and 2014, a conspiracy was hatched in pursuance of which of Indian Railways, located at Puri and Ranchi, were first transferred to the IRCTC and later for its operations, maintenance and upkeep, it was given on lease to a private firm based in

It alleged that the tender process was rigged and manipulated and the conditions were tweaked to help the private party (Sujata Hotels).

It is alleged that on February 25, 2005 sold commercial property in the form of three acres of land in through 10 sale deeds for Rs 1.47 crore to Delight marketing in which was a as a front benami holder on behalf of Prasad.

Subsequently between the period 2010 to 2014, this land was further transferred, the CBI alleged.

In 2001, a decision was taken to handover management of catering services of Indian Railways, including of its hotels, to IRCTC.

Two such hotels namely in and Puri were also identified and an MoU was signed between the and IRCTC on March 19, 2004.

Yadav, the then railway minister, allegedly entered into criminal conspiracy with owners of Sujata hotels, Sarla Gupta, wife of his close associate Prem Chand Gupta, an in Rajya Sabha, and IRCTC officials for "undue pecuniary advantage to himself and others", the CBI FIR had alleged.

The were transferred to through a rigged and manipulated tender process managed by P K Goel, the then MD IRCTC, the CBI alleged.

The CBI enquiry shows that Railway sought bids for developing, operating and maintaining on September 16, 2006.

The CBI has alleged that Lalu Prasad, as Railway Minister, was aware about the whole process and was keeping a track of the tender proceedings.

It surfaced that while over 15 bid documents were received for both the hotels, IRCTC has no records of bidders other than Sujata Hotels.

It is also alleged that with an intention to render undue pecuniary gains to Sujata Hotels, bid of another hotel was deliberately and unreasonably given low marks under technical evaluation.

"As a result, Sujata Hotels remained the only bidder in financial evaluation and was qualified," the CBI alleged.

After the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotels, the ownership of Delight marketing also changed hands from to and between 2010 and 2014. By this time had demitted the office of

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:45 IST