A Delhi court on Wednesday directed Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav to appear before it on October 18 in an alleged corruption involving the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, reported PTI.
Special Judge Geetanjali Goel also granted the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader more time to file his response in the case.
The IRCTC case relates to alleged irregularities in a tender awarded to a private company called Sujata Hotels to develop and operate two railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2005, when Tejashwi Yadav’s father Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Union railways minister. In return, Lalu Prasad Yadav allegedly received a three-acre plot worth Rs 45 crore through a benami company owned by the wife of a Rashtriya Janata Dal parliamentarian.
The term benami refers to a transaction or contract held or carried out in the name of someone other than the person who has financed it.
The plot was also shown as agricultural land, which caused losses to the state exchequer as agricultural land is exempt from certain taxes, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation. After Lalu Yadav demitted office in 2009, the shares of the benami company were transferred to Tejashwi Yadav and his mother, former chief minister Rabri Devi between…