ED files chargesheet against Lalu, Rabri in PMLA case

NEW DELHI: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed a chargesheet against RJD Chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and others under the provisions of Money Laundering Act.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered an FIR in connection with extending favours to Sujata Hotels in awarding a contract for upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri and receiving premium land as “quid pro quo”.

CBI has alleged that during his tenure as the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav handed over the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company in 2004 after receiving a bribe in the form of a prime land in Patna through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta, the wife of former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta.

On the basis of FIR registered by CBI, the ED also registered a criminal case against Lalu Prasad, his family members and others under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The ED is investigating the matter. (AGENCIES)