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ED chargesheet against Lalu, family

ED chargesheet against Lalu, family
(R-L) Lalu Prasad Yadav, wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi. (file)
New Delhi/Patna, Aug 24 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 12:26:57 PM IST

Enforcement Directorate has filed a chargesheet against former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi and other accused persons in connection with the IRCTC hotels’ maintenance contract money-laundering case.

Among those arraigned are also Prasad’s close aide and parliamentarian P. C. Gupta, his wife Sarla Gupta, Lara Projects LLP, and 10 others.

The agency has alleged misuse of official position by Prasad and IRCTC officials in granting sub-lease of the rights of two railway hotels at Puri and Ranchi to Sujata Hotels, owned by the Kochhars. It was allegedly in lieu of 358 decimal of prime land in Patna transferred to one Delight Marketing Company in February 2005.

Delight Marketing was owned by Gupta’s family. The land was transferred at a consideration much less than the then prevailing circle rates. “The company possessing that valuable chunk of land gradually got transferred to Rabri Devi and her son Tejashwi by way of share purchase at nominal prices,” the ED alleged.

The funds used to acquire the land had a “dubious” origin and had been laundered through IST group of companies belonging to Gupta, by using a non-banking financial company named Abhishek Finance Company Limited, belonging to PNR group of companies.

Jharkhand HC dismisses Lalu’s bail plea
Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the plea for the extension of the provisional bail to ailing Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and asked him to surrender by August 30.
Prasad’s lawyer pleaded for three months extension of his bail on medical ground but the court turned it down.
Convicted and jailed in fodder scam cases, Prasad is now undergoing treatment at a super-speciality hospital in Mumbai.
A Bench of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh observed that Prasad’s health condition was not life-threatening. “The treatment for post-fistula surgery could be availed at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS),” the Bench said.
Prasad, recently, had an operation for fistula at Mumbai’s Asian Heart Institute and had got an infection.
His advocate Prabhat Kumar informed the court that “doctors have advised him three more surgeries for prostate, removal of stone from kidney and cataract.”
“The court asked Prasad to get the present treatment at RIMS in Ranchi and he can make a fresh application for provisional bail for the three surgeries, when the time comes”, Kumar told journalists in Ranchi.
Prasad was lodged at the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi on December 23, 2017 after he was convicted in one of the fodder scam cases. However, after serving two months in jail he had developed health complications and was first admitted to RIMS but, later, referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
He was granted provisional bail for six weeks by the High Court on May 11 and he was admitted to the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai. The court, subsequently, extended twice his bail period, which finally ended on August 20.
Recently, Prasad’s younger son and Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav visited him in hospital in Mumbai and wished for his “speedy recovery.”

 

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