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After Non-Appearance, CBI Issues Fresh Summon For Lalu Yadav And Tejashwi

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| September 22 , 2017 , 20:27 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has asked the RJD leader Lalu Yadav and son Tejashwi Yadav to appear before it in Delhi, in relation to the corruption charges against him that led the fall of 'mahagathbandhan' government in Bihar.

A CBI official said, "We have issued fresh summons to Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi to appear before the agency on 25 and 26 of this month."

The 69-year-old leader will be questioned by the CBI in hotel land allotment case which alleges that when Lalu Yadav was in power, the IRCTC had sanctioned contracts of hotels at Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotels company in lieu of bribe in form of plots in Patna's prime areas.

On the other hand, Lalu Yadav has denied the charges, calling them a part of BJP's conspiracy against his family to get rid of any strong opposition in the 2019 General Election.

This will be the first time Lalu Yadav will be questioned by the investigation agency in the hotel land allotment case.

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The Bureau had also summoned the RJD chief and his son to appear before it in its headquarters in Lodhi Road area of south Delhi on September 11 and 12 however, Lalu Yadav had denied from appearing.

The CBI had conducted a number of raids on the residence and offices of Lalu Yadav and his family in the corruption case it registered on July 5. The case included RJD chief Lalu Yadav, wife Rabri Devi, son and then Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.

Former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav was also questioned by the income tax department last month in Patna.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the financial irregularities of this case and conducted a raid on the residence of Lalu Yadav's daughter, questioned Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia, the promoter of Ahluwalia Contractors.

Notably, Lalu Yadav has already been convicted in a corruption case for his dealing during his time as the Bihar Chief Minister. The court held him guilty and barred him from ever running in elections or holding any public office.