CBI team reached Rabri Devi’s residence in Patna regarding land ‘scam’ for job

A CBI team reached the residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi in ​​Patna in connection with the alleged land-for-job ‘scam’. Initial reports indicated that Central Bureau of Investigation officials were questioning Rabri Devi in ​​connection with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case, which pertains to alleged corruption in accepting land in exchange for a job with the Indian Railways. Is.

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Rabri Devi.  (ANI file)
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Rabri Devi. (ANI file)

The CBI had in October last year filed a charge sheet against former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, her daughter Misa Bharti and 13 others in the land-for-jobs scam.

The charge sheet states that during investigation, it was found that the accused in connivance with the then General Manager of Central Railway and CPO of Central Railway appointed persons in lieu of land either in their name or in the name of their close relatives. .

The land was acquired at a price lower than the prevailing circle rate and much lower than the market rate. It was also alleged that the candidates used false TCs and submitted false attested documents to the Ministry of Railways, the CBI statement said.

The alleged scam took place between 2004 and 2009 when Lalu Yadav was the railway minister. Apart from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, the name of the then Railway General Manager is also included in the charge sheet.

CBI has said that the investigation has revealed that the candidates were considered without the need of any substitute for their appointment and there was no urgency for their appointment which was one of the main criteria behind the appointment of substitutes and they Joining his duties much later, his appointment was approved and subsequently he was regularised.

Many discrepancies were found in the application forms and attached documents of the candidates due to which the applications should not have been processed and their appointment should not have been approved but it was done.

Further, in most of the cases, the candidates joined their respective divisions at much later dates thereby defeating the purpose of appointment of substitutes and in some cases, the candidates could not pass their medical examination under the required category, for which he was appointed. were made and subsequently, those posts were considered and appointed where the lower/lower medical category was required, the CBI said.

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