Powered by

Land-for-jobs case: CBI summons Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav for questioning

Yadav won't be appearing before the CBI as his pregnant wife is hospitalised

Tejashwi Yadav Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav | Salil Bera

In connection with the land-for-jobs case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Bihar Chief Minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for questioning on Saturday. This is the second summons issued to him, the first was issued on February 4.

However, Tejashwi Yadav won't be appearing before the CBI as his pregnant wife is hospitalised. According to reports, she had fainted after ED conducted raids at their home in Delhi for nearly 12 hours.

On Friday, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted raids in multiple locations relating to the land-for-jobs case in Delhi and Bihar. ED had raided Tejashwi's Delhi house too.

Multiple teams of the ED carried out the searches simultaneously on these locations that included the residential and office premises of the suspects and the beneficiaries of the alleged land-for-jobs scam.

ED is reportedly conducting raids in around 12 locations including places linked to Yadav's relatives. Reportedly raids are conducted in premises including Yadav's daughters Ragini Yadav, Chandra Yadav and Hema Yadav. Former RJD MLA Abu Dojana's home in Patna is also raided.

CBI had recently questioned Lalu Prasad Yadav for nearly five hours at Misa Bharti Pandara House, his daughter's place where he is currently staying after kidney transplant surgery.

Before Yadav, his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi was quizzed by the CBI.

The case pertains to allegedly giving jobs in the railways in return for for land parcels gifted or sold at cheap rates to the Yadav family and associates.

In connection with the case, CBI had filed a charge sheet against Prasad, his wife and 14 others under the charges of criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. All the accused have been summoned on March 15, said the officials.

Tejashwi Yadav had said that his family is targeted for its “relentless opposition” to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"It is an open secret that probe agencies are acting against political opponents of the BJP and helping those who agree to align with that party," the RJD leader had said.

📣 The Week is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TheWeekmagazine) and stay updated with the latest headlines