NEW DELHI: In a fresh blow to former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money launder-ing case against his relatives in a case related to irregularity in awarding maintenance contracts for railways hotels.
Taking cognizance of the CBI FIR, the ED has registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashvi Yadav among others. The agency will try and track the “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused through shell companies and initiate measures to attach such assets.
According to the CBI FIR, Lalu, as Railway Minister, handed over the maintenance contract of two IRCTC hotels to Sujata Hotels after receiving a bribe in the form of prime land in Patna through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of party MP Prem Chand Gupta. The CBI FIR also claimed Sujata Hotels was favoured by Railway Ministry.