“Land for Jobs” Scandal,- The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently conducted interrogations lasting for hours with Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad Yadav on January 29, and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on January 30.
The ED officers visited Rabri Devi’s residence to deliver the court summons, leading to her scheduled appearance at Rouse Avenue Court on February 1.
Meanwhile, former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, accompanied by her daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti, arrived in Delhi on Wednesday evening, ahead of their court appearance scheduled for February 9 in connection with the “Land for Jobs” case.
The court, having taken cognizance of the ED’s charge sheet, has summoned Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti, Hema Yadav, and other suspects to appear on February 9. This follows earlier interrogations of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav by the ED.
The allegations revolve around purported land scams in exchange for job appointments, purportedly involving Lalu Prasad Yadav during his tenure as Railway Minister from 2004 to 2009.
The accusations suggest irregularities in job appointments, with land allegedly changing hands under dubious circumstances. The ED alleges that the Lalu family purchased extensive land parcels in Bihar at undervalued rates, potentially amounting to a money laundering scheme worth Rs. 600 crore. The scandal implicates the exchange of land for job appointments, with the accused allegedly pressuring job candidates to relinquish their land.
At the heart of the scandal is businessman Amit Katyal, repeatedly implicated in the fraudulent activities. Katyal, associated with the Lalu family, is the founder of AK Infosystems, a company accused of money laundering in the “Land for Jobs” case.
Both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED are probing Katyal and his company’s involvement in the scandal, which allegedly transpired between 2004 and 2009 during the UPA-1 regime, when Lalu Prasad Yadav served as Railway Minister.
The alleged scheme involved the appointment of individuals to Group ‘D’ posts within the Indian Railways in exchange for land, which purportedly ended up in the possession of the Lalu family and AK Infosystems Private Limited, including Tejashwi Yadav.
The investigation continues as authorities uncover more evidence against the accused, shedding light on the intricate web of corruption surrounding the “Land for Jobs” scandal.