Tahlka News Bureau
NEW DELHI: Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi, four of their children and son-in-law under has been booked under by the Income Tax department under strict Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act for being alleged beneficiaries of dozen-odd benami properties in Delhi and Patna worth over Rs 170 crore during his tenure as Railwy minister during 2004-2009.
In January 2006, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IR CTC) took over the BNR hotels in Ranchi and Puri from the Indian Railways in which were sold on bids in November in order to develop, maintain and operate the hotels or 15 years on a license-free model.
Sujata Hotel Private Limited bagged the contract by paying Rs 15.45 crore and Rs 9.96 crore license fee for BNR hotels in Ranchi and Puri.
However, Lalu Prasad Yadav denied all the allegations saying, he was "not scared" and would continue to fight against "fascist forces".
The former Bihar chief minister has been accused of accepting two acres of land in exchange of the contract. The land was allegedly transferred to a shell company owned by Lalu's aide Prem Chand Gupta which allegedly transacted no other business apart from the land transfer.
The IRCTC then claimed that the memorandum was signed on March 19, 2004 by former Railway minister Nitish Kumar in the NDA regime.
The Managing director of the IRCTC along with to directors of private company have also been booked by the CBI.
Last month, Lalu's daughter and Rajya MP Misa Bharti was quizzed by the CBI in connection with a Rs 1000 crore benami land deals case. On May 16, 22 places in and around Delhi were raided by the CBI.
In September 2013, Lalu was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member after a CBI court found him guilty in the multipe-fodder scam case.