Hotels contract scam: CBI summons Lalu, Tejaswi for questioning

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has summoned RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his son Tejaswi for questioning in connection with alleged corruption in the award of maintenance contracts of two Railway hotels to a Patna-based private company.Mr. Prasad has been told to appear before the investigating team on September 11, while his son has been summoned the next day. The agency has booked the former Railway Minister, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi and others under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, read with the relevant Prevention of Corruption Act provisions.It is alleged that contract conditions were tweaked to favour Sujata Hotels, in lieu of about three-acre land in Patna.Among those named as accused are Sarla Gupta, wife of Mr. Prasad’s close associate and Rajya Sabha member Prem Chand Gupta; Vijay and Vinay Kochhar, directors of Sujata Hotels; Delight Marketing Company Pvt. Ltd (DMCPL) in which Ms. Gupta was a director; Lara Projects LLP, and former IRCTC managing director P.K. Goel.According to the CBI, as part of the conspiracy, the hotels located in Ranchi and Puri were first handed over to IRCTC and then their maintenance contracts were given to Sujata Hotels. It is alleged that the Kochhars sold the land in question to DMCPL, through 10 sale deeds, for ₹1.47 crore, against the then circle rate of ₹1.93 crore. It was allegedly shown as agricultural land to evade stamp duty.The CBI FIR alleges that the payment was arranged in the form of investment in DMCPL shares through Ahluwalia Contracts (India) Limited and its promoter Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia.It has been alleged that DMCPL shares were taken over completely by Mr. Prasad’s family members for just ₹64 lakh, against the circle rate of ₹32.5 crore and market value of ₹94 crore, by 2014. The company’s name was later changed to Lara Projects, which was then turned into a limited liability partnership firm.last_img

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