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CBI Raids Underway At 17 Locations Linked To Lalu Prasad In 'Land For Railway Job' Scam

People who are well-versed with the matter said that the searches are being conducted at different locations in Patna and Gopalganj.

CBI Raids Underway At 17 Locations Linked To Lalu Prasad In Land For Railway Job Scam

Sentinel Digital Desk

Patna: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has carried out raids at 17 properties linked to senior Bihar politician and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on May 20 and the searches were conducted by the probe agency in connection with a fresh corruption case against him.

Lalu's daughter was also booked by the CBI in the case related to 'land for railway job scam'. Officials said that the alleged land-for-jobs scam dates back to the period when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the railway minister in the UPA government.

As per multiple media reports, Land was purchased at cheap prices by Lalu Yadav's family members in lieu of giving jobs in the Railways. Reports also said that the CBI has evidence of at least a dozen cases like this till now.

The CBI declined to comment on the matter but people who are well-versed with the matter said that the searches are being conducted at different locations in Patna and Gopalganj.

The raids began at around 7 am and Lalu's wife Rabri Devi, his legislator son Tej Pratap and daughter Misa Bharti were present when the CBI team arrived at the 10, Circular Road residence of Rabri Devi. A CBI team also reached Phulwaria, Lalu Prasad's native village in Gopalganj.

Visuals which surfaced in the morning hours showed heavy police presence outside the residence of Lalu Yadav's wife Rabri Devi in Patna. Also, the former Bihar CM's supporters took to the streets and started protesting outside his residence in Patna after news about the raids broke out.

Meanwhile, the 73-year-old veteran leader was recently granted bail in the fifth fodder case against him. This happened to be the last of the corruption cases linked to the fodder scam in which the RJD leader was convicted and had got a bail. Soon after he was released from jail, Lalu was admitted to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment.

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