Summons for Probe Agency Tejashwi and Lalu Yadav in the Land-For-Jobs Case

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has called former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav and his son, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, in connection with the suspected land-for-jobs scam, two months after they were given bail in a related case. On Friday, Tejashwi received a summons, and on December 27, Lalu is expected to appear before the agency.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the land-for-jobs fraud; in October, after the agency submitted its second chargesheet in the case, a Delhi court granted bail to Lalu Yadav, his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi, and Tejashwi.

Lalu Yadav is the leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, which leads a coalition government in Bihar together with the Left, Congress, and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United). In addition, he is regarded as one of the masterminds of the opposition INDIA alliance, which was established to challenge the BJP in the less than four-month-old Lok Sabha elections.

The INDIA bloc has been accusing opposition parties of being singled out by government authorities for abuse. Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, was also called by the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday about the Delhi liquor policy issue.

What Is Job-For-Land?

According to the agencies, during Lalu Yadav’s time as the UPA government’s railway minister from 2004 to 2009, preferred persons were recruited to positions in the railroads without following established procedures and without any kind of public announcement or marketing. A few Patna citizens were sent to several zonal railroads in Mumbai, Jabalpur, Kolkata, and Jaipur as stand-ins.
The candidates reportedly offered to sell land to certain Yadav family members at steep discounts, sometimes as much as one-fifth the market rate, in exchange for their support.

The accusations have been refuted by the Yadav family.

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