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Now 'Land for Job' Scam Haunts Lalu Yadav & Kin; CBI Raids At least 16 Locations in Delhi & Bihar

In new corruption case, CBI raids underway at properties linked to Lalu Prasad Yadav and his daughter. (File photo: News18)

In new corruption case, CBI raids underway at properties linked to Lalu Prasad Yadav and his daughter. (File photo: News18)

Sources told News18 that some people were given jobs in Railways by Lalu Yadav in lieu of lands at cheap prices, which were sold to former CM's family

Raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation teams are underway in at least 15 locations linked to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members. The fresh charges are related to a land scam. Sources told News18 that some people were given jobs in Railways from the Bihar division by the RJD supremo during his tenure as CM.

“Land was purchases at cheap prices by Lalu Yadav’s family members in lieu of giving jobs in the Railways,” sources said, adding that CBI has proof of at least a dozen cases like this till now. They further said that the Yadav family was planning a project by creating a land pool.

A source in the CBI said that total of 16 locations are being searched as of now, including areas in Delhi, Patna and Gopalganj.

“It is unfortunate that a person who is ill is being deliberately troubled like this. It is well known who is behind this,” Prabhunath Yadav, brother of RJD chief Lalu Yadav, said. The RJD leaders and workers were also seen protesting against the ongoing CBI raids.

The former Bihar chief minister was earlier this year sentenced to five years in prison and slapped a fine of Rs 60 lakh by a special CBI court in Ranchi in connection with the fifth fodder scam case involving embezzlement of over Rs 139 crore by Doranda treasury.

The fodder scam, popularly known as chaara ghotala, refers to dozens of cases of financial irregularities to the tune of around Rs 930 crore in the animal husbandry department of the undivided Bihar between 1985-1995.

Prasad had held the finance portfolio of undivided Bihar, of which he was the chief minister, during the period of the scam. He had allegedly received kickbacks through the animal husbandary department.

Fake challans and bills were raised which were cleared by the finance department and money was released through the treasury.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had warned about money laundering in Bihar’s treasuries in 1985, when expenditure details were not furnished in a timely fashion. At that time, the Congress was in power in the state and Jagannath Mishra was the chief minister.

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first published:May 20, 2022, 08:03 IST