A team of officials from the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on Monday questioned for nearly four hours former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, in connection with the land-for-job scam. The CBI had earlier issued notice to Devi in the case.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reached the residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi in Patna in connection with the land-for-job case.
The CBI officials told ANI that the CBI team has visited Rabri Devi’s residence in connection with the land-for-job case. The official version from the CBI is awaited.
Earlier on October 7 last year, the CBI filed a chargesheet against former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi, their daughter Misa Bharti and 13 others in the alleged land-for-job scam.
According to the CBI, the chargesheet has been submitted before a CBI court in Rouse Avenue here. “During the investigation, it has been found that the accused in conspiracy with the then GM Central Railways and CPO, Central Railways engaged persons as substitutes in lieu of land either in their name or in the name of their close relatives. This land was acquired at prices lower than the prevailing circle rate and much lower than the market rate. It was also alleged that the candidates have used false TC and submitted false attested documents to the Ministry of Railways,” the CBI claimed in a press statement.
The alleged scam occurred when Yadav was Railway Minister between 2004 and 2009. Apart from the RJD leader, the chargesheet also includes the name of the then Railway General Manager.
The FIR, registered in the matter earlier, reads that from 2004 to 2009, various persons were appointed as substitutes in group D posts in different Railways zones in exchange for land, by the unknown Public Servants of the Indian Railway and later they were regularised.
It was further alleged that unknown Public Servants of the Indian Railway did not follow the instructions/ guidelines etc. issued by the department during the relevant period for the appointment of substitutes in group D posts in Railways.