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Land-for-jobs case: Lalu Prasad's kin questioned by ED

The alleged scam pertains to the period when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister

ED questioning Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav arrives at CBI office for questioning in connection with the land-for-jobs case | PTI

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti and son Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Delhi for questioning in connection with land-for-jobs case.

Bharti, 46 is a Rajya Sabha MP of RJD.

Tejashwi had skipped the earlier ED summons three times. "We have been cooperating with investigative agencies from the beginning. But the kind of political environment prevailing in the country...It is easy to bow down. But it is very tough to fight..But we have chosen to fight. We will fight and we will prevail," Yadav told ANI.

The CBI had earlier given assurance to the Delhi High Court that it would not arrest Yadav this month. RJD leader's counsel, Maninder Singh, had conveyed to the federal agency that he would require some time as the Bihar Assembly session is scheduled to conclude on April 5.

The RJD leader had sought quashing of the summonses dated February 28, March 4 and March 11 issued against him.

On March 15, a special CBI court granted bail to Yadav's father Lalu Prasad, mother Rabri Devi -- both former Bihar chief ministers -- sister Misa Bharti and others in the land-for-jobs case.

After the raids conducted by the central agencies at Lalu's house and places related to him, an amount of Rs 1 crore 'unaccounted cash' was seized. ED said that the investigation was underway to find the source of the incomes.

The alleged scam pertains to the period when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister in the UPA government at the Centre.

It was alleged that during the period of 2004 -09, various persons were appointed to teh Group D positions in various zones of the Indian Railways violating the norms. The present persons concerned transferred their land to the family members of the Lalu Prasad Yadav and AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd, a beneficiary company in this case.

(With PTI inputs)

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