The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against Lalu Prasad Yadav, the then Railway Minister, his wife, son and others on allegations of corruption in awarding contracts for maintenance of hotels.
The agency is conducting searches at over a dozen locations in Delhi, Gurugram, Patna, Ranchi and Odisha’s Puri.
Among those named in the FIR are also the then IRCTC managing director, P.K.Goyal, wife of Mr. Yadav’s close aide Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata. Mr. Gupta is a former Union Corporate Affairs Minister.
The CBI alleges corruption in the award of a tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels at Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotels, a private company, in 2006.
The CBI move comes weeks after the Income- Tax Department carried searches against Mr. Yadav, his family members and associates and attached several properties under the newly enacted anti-benami assets law.
The ED, which has powers to register a money laundering case based on CBI FIRs in corruption matters, is currently probing the assets of some close relatives of Mr. Yadav in connection with alleged use of shell companies to launder funds.