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ED summons Lalu’s son-in-law in railway hotels case

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The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad’s son-in-law for recording his statement in connection with the alleged irregularities in the award of maintenance contracts for railway hotels to a Patna-based company.

“We have recorded the statements of Mr. Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi in the same case. The investigating team has now summoned his son-in-law Rahul Yadav,” said an official.

The ED has summoned Mr. Rahul Yadav having detected the “suspected” movement of about ₹1 crore from him to Ms. Rabri Devi.

The money laundering probe is based on an FIR registered last year by the CBI . The agency alleged that maintenance contracts for two IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri were awarded to Sujata Hotels by tweaking the conditions, when Mr. Prasad was the Union Railway Minister.

It has been alleged that the contracts were awarded in lieu of a three acre commercial property in Patna, which was initially sold to a “front company”, Delight Marketing. The company was later taken over by Mr. Prasad’s family members.

Among those named in the FIR are Sujata Hotels’ directors, Vijay and Vinay Kochhar, Delight Marketing, which was later renamed as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC Managing Director P. K. Goel.

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