New Delhi, Oct. 4 – In the suspected land-for-job scandal involving the railways, a Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to RJD leader Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, their son, and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.
The accused were given relief by Special Judge Geetanjali Goel after they showed up in court to answer the summons that had been issued against them.
After receiving notice of the charge sheet filed against them and the other accused on September 22, the court had called the defendants, stating that the evidence “prima facie” demonstrated the commission of a number of offenses, including corruption, criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery.
The agency had submitted a charge sheet in relation to the suspected scheme on July 3.
In both these and other instances involving the fodder fraud, Prasad is free on bond.
The CBI had submitted two charge sheets in the case, but this was the first one in which Tejashwi Yadav was included as a defendant.
Lalu Prasad served as the railway minister from 2004 to 2009, and the case relates to Group-D appointments made in the Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh-based West Central Zone of the railways in exchange for land parcels gifted or transferred by the recruits in the name of the RJD leader’s family or associates, according to officials.
On May 18, 2022, the agency filed a complaint against Prasad and 15 other people, including his wife, two daughters, and unnamed governmental employees and private citizens.
Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi, and others were named in the CBI’s initial charge sheet, which was submitted in October of last year. It had to do with appointments made in the Central Zone of the Railways, which has its headquarters in Mumbai.