CBI Files Charges against Lalu's Family; RJD May Lose Lantern Symbol
Patna: Troubles continues to mount for Rashtriya Janata Dal's first family as the CBI on Monday filed charges against party chief Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, and son Tejaswi Yadav in connection with a railway hotel maintenance contract case.
Monday charges against the Yadav family came nearly a week after the CBI grilled former Chief Minister Rabri Devi at her home in Patna and recorded her statement.
As reported in the past, the CBI, in a case against Lalu Prasad Yadav and other members of his family in 2017, had accused them of handing over maintenance contract of two railways hotels in Ranchi and Puri to the owners of a Patna-based hotel in exchange for political and other favors involving transfer of three acre of commercial property in Patna in Yadav's name.
The alleged quid-pro-quo deal was made when Yadav was the Railway Minister in the Congress-led UPA government.
Meanwhile, the RJD is facing existential threat from the Election Commission that issued a notice to the party to submit party's accounting figures within the next 20 days or lose the party symbol afterwards.
In a notice issued to the party, the Election Commission has charged the party for failing to submit its accounting books for the fiscal year 2014-15. As per a Supreme Court directive, each political party is required to submit its last year's books by October 31 and failing to do so could result in losing the party election symbol.
In a memo issued on Monday, the Election Commission said that it had sent eight notices to the RJD between November 10, 2015 and March 13, 2018 reminding it to submit the required documents but the party chose to ignore it.
"If the numbers are not received by the first week of next month, RJD will lose its election symbol," the memo read.