CBI conducts a search of Rabri Devi's Patna residence in land-for-jobs case

The CBI reached the residence soon after her son and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav left for the Vidhan Sabha

Photo courtesy: Twitter
Photo courtesy: Twitter

NH Digital

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched the official residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi on Monday in connection with the land-for-jobs scam.

Rabri Devi is an accused in the case along with her husband and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) patriarch Lalu Prasad Yadav, and 14 others. 

India TV reports that the CBI reached the residence soon after her son and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav left for the Vidhan Sabha. 

Videos and photographs of the sleuths outside the former chief minister's residence have surfaced on social media.

There is no search or raid taking place, the CBI has said.

The CBI had already filed its charge sheet in the case and the special court has summoned the accused, including former Railways Minister Lalu Prasad and his family members and others on March 15, they said.

The agency has kept the further probe open into the alleged scam case, they said.

The visit of the CBI team is in connection with further investigation in the case, they said.

It was alleged in the FIR that some persons, although residents of Patna in Bihar, were appointed as substitutes in Group-D posts during the period 2004-2009 in different zones of the railways located in Mumbai, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hajipur and in lieu thereof, the individuals themselves or their family members transferred their land in the name of family members of Prasad and a company, AK Infosystems Private Limited, which was subsequently taken over by family members of Prasad.

It was further alleged that about 1,05,292 sq. ft. land situated in Patna was acquired by the family members of Prasad from those persons through five sale deeds and two gift deeds and in most of the sale deeds, payment to the sellers was mentioned to be paid in cash.

The value of the land as per existing circle rate was about Rs 4.39 crore.

The land which was directly purchased by the family members of Prasad from the sellers at a rate lower than the prevalent circle rate. The prevalent market value of the land was much higher than the circle rate.

It was alleged that due procedure and guidelines issued by the railway authority for the appointment of substitutes was not followed and later on, their services had also been regularised.

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