The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today reportedly raided an under-construction mall in Gurugram owned by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. The CBI raided multiple locations in Bihar too. These places are related to the alleged railway recruitment scam where land plots were sought as bribes to secure jobs. Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and his daughters, among several others, are accused of active involvement in the scam. The case dates back to 2008-09.
CBI carried out search operations also at the premises of other RJD leaders such as MLC Sunil Singh, Rajya Sabha MPs Ashfaq Karim and Faiyaz Ahmed, and former MLC Subodh Rai.
At the time of one of the raids, Singh, known for his proximity to Lalu Prasad Yadav, yelled from the balcony of his apartment: "This is 100% intentional. These people have entered my house without even informing the local police. They are asking me to sign a document."
Singh's wife screamed, "My husband is being victimised because of his loyalties. The CBI will get nothing from our place. I will sue the agency for defamation".
RJD spokesman Shakti Singh Yadav said, "I am hardly surprised. I had, in a tweet last night itself, had spoken of ED, CBI, and IT planning their next operation in Bihar."
The RJD has questioned the timing of the raids on the day when the newly formed Bihar government faces a trust vote on the floor of the Vidhan Sabha. Manoj Jha, RJD MP said the raids were done on purpose to intimidate the party's legislators.
Yadav's mother and Ex-Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi said, "They're scared. A new Govt has been formed under the leadership of Nitish Kumar. All parties, except BJP, are with us. We have the majority. CBI (raid) just to scare us. We won't be scared. This isn't happening for the first time".
What CBI was looking for in the mall: Evidence of land-for-job scam
The CBI had registered the railway recruitment case on 23 September 2021 and raided Rabri Devi's residence. During the search operation, the agency reportedly found documents in Tejashwi Yadav's room. After the raid, the sleuths arrested Bhola Yadav, a close aide of Lalu Prasad Yadav. After questioning Bhola Yadav, the CBI started acting on the information.
The central agency says the Yadavs officiated over the appointment of job seekers in Group D posts of Indian Railways in three days of unseemly haste. Lalu Prasad Yadav as the then-railway minister regularised their jobs subsequently. In return, individuals in some cases or their family members in others had transferred their land, the agency said.