Patna : RJD boss Lalu Prasad on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah “orchestrated” the CBI raids to “politically finish” him.
He also made a strong defence in the case related to giving two hotels of IRCTC on lease when he was railways minister. “The CBI raids have been orchestrated by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to politically finish me… Fansi ke fande par latak jayenge par tumko kamyab nahi hone denge (Ready to get hanged but won’t let you succeed),” Prasad told reporters after arriving here late in the evening from Ranchi.
Prasad was flanked by his son Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav and senior party leader and minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui at the press conference at the 10 Circular Road, the official residence of Rabri Devi where a 27-member CBI team had conducted a raid for more than 10 hours during the day.
The RJD chief questioned why the CBI was implicating Tejaswi, who was a minor at the time when the allotment of IRCTC hotels at Puri and Ranchi were made to private persons and his wife Rabri Devi, who did not hold any public office then. Defending himself in the matter, Prasad denied any link between the sale of land in Patna and giving two IRCTC hotels at Ranchi and Puri on lease.
“The land of the Kochhars (Vijay and Vinay Kochhar directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel, Delight marketing company) was registered in Patna in 2004, while the open tender of the two IRCTC hotels were given in 2006. So what is the linkage?” he questioned.
“The decision to allot the two hotels was taken during NDA rule itself before I became Rail minister in 2004 in UPA I. The lease of the two hotels was given to the highest bidder for 15 years at a licence fee of Rs 1.15 crore and there was no violation of any rules,” he said.