A Delhi court on Monday summoned Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav as accused in a case related to an alleged hotel tender scam, PTI reported. Special Judge Arvind Kumar directed them to appear before the court on August 31.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on April 16 filed the chargesheet in the case and said there was enough evidence against the accused. Former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta, former managing director of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation BK Agarwal and former director of IRCTC Rakesh Saxena are also named in the chargesheet.
The CBI had launched an investigation in the hotel tender case in July 2017, alleging that Lalu Yadav had used his influence as the railway minister in 2005 to award a tender to a company called Sujata Hotels to develop and operate two railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri.
In return, he allegedly received a three-acre plot, worth Rs 45 crore, through a benami company owned by the wife of a Rashtriya Janata Dal MP. The plot was also shown as agricultural land, which caused losses to the state exchequer as agricultural land is exempt from certain taxes.
Directors of Sujata Hotels, Vijay and Vinay Kochhar, are also named in the chargesheet.