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ED grills Lalu's second son-in-law in railway hotels PMLA case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The ED today questioned Lalu Prasad's in connection with its probe in a case related to alleged corruption in the allotment of railway hotels, official sources said.

appeared before the (IO) of the case at about 1 pm and his statement would be recorded under the anti-money law, the sources said.

is the husband of Lalu Prasad's fourth daughter

The first summoned Rahul Yadav last month after it allegedly detected "movement of funds" from him to his mother-in-law,

The ED is already probing the role of Lalu Prasad's Shailesh Kumar, who is married to Misa Bharti, in a separate case linked to the purchase of alleged tainted involving a firm, Ms and

This firm is said to be linked to Misa, a of the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), and A charge sheet in the case has been filed before a court here.

As part of the fresh summonses, the ED wants to seek an explanation from Rahul Yadav about the transfer of funds to the tune of about Rs 1 crore, apart from answering few other queries related to a firm embroiled in this case, Delight Marketing, sources said.

The central probe agency had earlier questioned Rabri Devi and her son in the case.

was, till recently, deputy chief in the government led by Chief Kumar later broke ties with the RJD and formed government with the BJP.

The ED, in July last year, had registered a case against Lalu Prasad, his family members and others under various sections of the Prevention of Monwy Laundering Act (PMLA).

Before that, the (CBI) had registered a first information report and conducted multiple searches on the properties of and others.

The FIR alleged that Lalu Prasad, during his tenure as in the UPA-I government, handed the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company in 2004 after a bribe in the form of prime land in through a benami company owned by Sarla Gupta, the wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former Union minister.

The ED registered the criminal case against his family members and others under the PMLA, based on this FIR.

It is investigating the alleged "proceeds of crime" generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies in this deal.

Others named in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and then Indian Railway Catering and managing

The CBI FIR was registered on July 5 last year in connection with alleged favours extended to in awarding a contract for the upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri and receiving premium land as "quid pro quo".

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:50 IST