Petition filed in Supreme Court on delay in hearing of IRCTC scam, demand for early completion of trial
IRCTC scandal ( IRCTC Scam Case ) hearing in went allegedly filed in getting the Supreme Court to delay (Supreme Court) from. The petitioner has said that despite the filing of the charge sheet in the case, it is not being heard in the lower court. The petitioner also referred to the order of the Supreme Court in his petition, in which the Supreme Court had said that the trial court should complete the trial of criminal cases registered against MPs and MLAs within one year.
Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) national president Lalu Yadav, former CM Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav are also accused in the IRCTC scam case. In 2019, a Delhi court had granted bail to Lalu Yadav and his family members in this case. This case pertains to the alleged irregularities in awarding the contract for operation of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.
The matter is being heard in Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court. The CBI, while filing a chargesheet in the case in 2018, said that it had sufficient evidence against Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others. The CBI had earlier told the court that the then Group General Manager of IRCTC BK Agarwal, former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta are also accused.
ED also investigated money laundering in the case
Apart from this, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also investigated the money laundering in the case. It is alleged that during Lalu Yadav's tenure as Railway Minister, the work of maintenance of two hotels run by IRCTC in Ranchi and Puri was suddenly given to a company named Sujata Hotels. Vinay and Vijay Kochhar were the owners of this company and in return, Sujata Hotels allegedly gave Lalu Yadav three acres of land in Patna, which was a benami property.
According to allegations, the ownership of Delight Marketing Company passed from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav between 2010 and 2014 after Sujata Hotels got the contract. However, during this time Lalu had resigned from the post of Railway Minister. In this case of money laundering, Tejashwi Yadav and his mother Rabri Devi are currently out on bail on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh each.