CBI chargesheets Lalu Prasad Yadav, kin in ‘land-for-job scam’ | India News indiabusinessport.com

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Friday filed a chargesheet against RJD chief and former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and daughter Misa Bharti in connection with the alleged “land-for-job” scam.
In all, the agency has chargesheeted 16 people including two former senior railway officials and seven candidates who allegedly “sold” their land to Yadav and his family in lieu of jobs.
Yadav is scheduled to fly to Singapore on October 10 for medical treatment. Last week, a Delhi court had allowed his plea for travelling abroad till October 25.
“During probe, it was found that the accused, in conspiracy with the then general manager, Central Railways, and chief personnel officer, Central Railways, engaged persons as ‘substitutes’ in lieu of land either in their name or in the name of their close relatives,” an agency spokesperson said.
“This land was acquired at prices lower than the prevailing circle rate and much lower than the market rate. It was also alleged that the candidates used false transfer certificates (TCs) and submitted false attested documents to the ministry of railways,” the official added.
“About 1,05,292 sq feet of land/immovable properties in Patna were acquired by the family members of said minister through five sale deeds and two gift deeds, showing the payment made to seller in cash in most of the land transfers,” the CBI official said.
Apart from Yadav, his wife and daughter, the CBI has charged Sowmya Raghvan, former general manager, and Kamal Deep Mainrai, former chief personnel officer with the central railways. Seven candidates — Rajkumar Singh, Mithilesh Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Dharmendra Kumar, Vikas Kumar and Abhishek Kumar — have been charged as well. Four other individuals — Ravindra Rai, Kiran Devi, Akhileshwar Singh and Ramashish Singh — have been named in the chargesheet, officials said.
After conducting a preliminary enquiry since September 2021, the agency had registered an FIR on May 18 this year against Yadav and 15 others including his wife, two daughters and some public servants on allegations that the former railway minister had obtained pecuniary advantages in the form of transfer of land in the name of his family members etc in lieu of appointment of “substitutes” in Group D posts in different railways zones.
“It has been alleged that the substitutes, who were residents of Patna, themselves or through their family members, sold and gifted their land situated at Patna in favour of family members of the former railway minister and a private company controlled by his family, which was also involved in transfer of such immovable properties in the name of the former minister’s family members,” said an official.
According to the CBI, no advertisement or any public notice was issued for such appointments and these people were appointed as “substitutes” in different zonal railways at Mumbai, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hazipur.

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