Land for job case: CBI team at former Bihar CM Rabri Devi’s residence

Officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reached the residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi on Monday in the land exchange case.

Heavy security has been deployed outside the former chief minister's residence in Patna.  (Santosh Kumar)
Heavy security has been deployed outside the former chief minister’s residence in Patna. (Santosh Kumar)

An official familiar with the matter said CBI officials were questioning the former chief minister at his residence in the state capital in connection with an alleged land deal for a job.

People aware of the matter said that the CBI officials reached his residence in four different vehicles at around 9.30 am.

Meanwhile, heavy security has been deployed outside the former chief minister’s residence in Patna.

Read also: Summons to Lalu, Rabri and others in land exchange case

Notably, a week after a Delhi court on February 27 issued summons to her husband and RJD chief and former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and daughter Misa Bharti along with 14 others to appear in court on March 15. This inquiry has taken place.

Special Judge Gitanjali Goel directed the accused persons to appear before the court on March 15.

RJD leader Bhai Virendra expressed disappointment over the questioning.

“They are afraid of losing out and use the agency. They will get nothing,” said Birender.

In July 2022, the CBI arrested Bhola Yadav, who used to be the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Lalu Prasad when he was Railway Minister.

The chargesheet was filed on October 10, 2022, against 17 accused for offenses of criminal conspiracy and corruption.

The alleged affair dates back to 2005-06 when RJD chief and Devi’s husband Lalu Prasad was the railways minister in the Congress-led UPA government.

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.

The CBI had said that the investigation revealed that the candidates were considered for their appointment without any need for substitutes and there was no urgency for their appointment which was one of the main criteria behind the appointment of substitutes and they Joined 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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