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RJD Chief Lalu Yadav Tells CBI, Won't Appear In Monday Questioning

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| September 9 , 2017 , 17:24 IST

Busy preparing for his defence in three fodder scams, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which summoned the leader for questioning on Monday, that he will not show up.

This CBI questioning is in development to the raids on RJD leader and his family's residences that caused the upheaval in Bihar politics costing the Yadav family their power in the state.

Back in 2013, Lalu Yadav was convicted in a case that ousted him from Lok Sabha and disqualified him from ever contesting in elections again.

The CBI had, on Thursday, summoned Lalu Prasad along with his son and former deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav to appear before it for questioning on September 11 and 12 over the alleged irregularities in the 2006 IRCTC hotel leasing case.

According to the case, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) had handed over the contract of hotels at Ranchi in Jharkhand and Puri in Odisha to Sujata Hotels company, owned by Vijay and Vinay Kochhar in lieu of a bribe in the form of a plot of prime land in Patna in Bihar.

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According to sources, Bihar leader Tejashwi Yadav is also expected to ask the investigation agency to excuse him for his absence on Tuesday over "prior political commitments".

Some at CBI are convinced that the RJD leaders are trying to slow down the investigation in the land scam case, says a media report.

Lalu Yadav is, on Saturday, planning to travel to Bhagalpur, 230 km from Patna, along with his younger son Tejashwi Yadav. The Bihar leaders are slated to address a rally in the district on Sunday.

According to Tejashwi Yadav's twitter account the party will hold the public meeting in Bhagalpur, despite the fact that Bihar Agricultural University grounds, where the rally address was scheduled, has cancelled their permission.