Tejashwi Yadav appears before CBI in land ‘scam’ in exchange for job


Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here on Saturday for questioning in connection with the alleged land-for-job scam. Earlier he did not appear on three dates.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader reached the CBI headquarters around 10.30 am and was taken before the probe team after completing necessary formalities.

The CBI had assured the Delhi High Court last week that it would not arrest Yadav this month. After this, the leader had agreed to appear before the agency on March 25 for questioning in the land case in lieu of job.

Tejashwi Yadav’s lawyer Maninder Singh had said that his client needed some time to appear before the CBI as the current session of the Bihar Legislative Assembly would continue till April 5.

Maninder Singh had told the court that his client would appear before the investigating officer at CBI headquarters in Delhi at 10.30 am on March 25.

CBI counsel DP Singh had told the court that the assembly session does not run on Saturdays and Yadav can appear before the agency on any Saturday in March as per his convenience. The RJD leader had requested to quash the summons issued against him for February 28, March 4 and March 11.

The CBI has alleged that during RJD president Lalu Prasad’s tenure as railways minister between 2004 and 2009, preferred candidates were appointed in the railways without any advertisement or public notice, in violation of rules and procedures. In return, the candidates, directly or through their family members, allegedly sold land to Prasad’s family members at throwaway rates, according to the agency.

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