The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at the properties of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Yadav and their family members. These searches are being conducted at 12 locations including Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon. The raids come even as the nodal agency has registered a case against the former Railways minister, his wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav over allegations of corruption during his tenure as Union minister in 2006.

As per reports, the case filed against them is related to the alleged irregularities in tenders allotted to a private company for the purpose of development, maintenance, and operation of hotels at Ranchi and Puri. Apart from Lalu’s family members, the then IRCTC MD, PK Goyal, the wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata, and others have also been booked by the CBI. Gupta is a former Union corporate affairs minister.

The FIR relates to charges of irregularities in the tender for development, maintenance and operation of BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri, that was given to private Sujata Hotels in 2006. The BNR Hotels are heritage hotels of the Railways which were taken over by the IRCTC from the public transporter earlier in the same year.

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