After being interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over the land-for-job scam case, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav said everyone knows why he is being grilled.
After hours-long quizzing by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the land-for-job scam, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav said that he responded to all the questions asked by the probe agency.
“Whatever questions were asked, I responded to them. It doesn’t matter what others say, the truth is, no scam has happened, and everyone knows why this is happening,” said Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.
The RJD leader also said he and his family cooperated in the questioning process of the CBI even earlier.
The land-for-job scam pertains to Lalu’s tenure as Union railway minister (May 2004 to May 2009).
Last year, the CBI had filed a corruption case against him, Rabri and their daughters Misa Bharti and Hema Yadav, alleging that they accepted plots of land in exchange for Group D railway jobs granted to 12 people in the railway zones of Mumbai, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hajipur during Lalu’s stint as railway minister. The CBI alleges that the posts had not been advertised.
According to the agency, those who got the railway jobs or their family members had transferred parcels of land in the name of Lalu’s family members and a company, AK Infosystems Private Limited. The rights and assets of this company were, in 2014, transferred in full to Rabri and one of her daughters.
Apart from the land-for-job case, the CBI is also pursuing an investigation against Lalu and his family in the IRCTC scam, which pertains to irregularities in grant of operational contracts of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm while Lalu was railway minister. The CBI has accused Lalu of favouring a private company in lieu of prime land in Patna. The CBI filed a chargesheet against Lalu, Rabri, and their son Tejashwi in 2018.