Patna: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted raids in various cities of Bihar, including Patna, in connection with the alleged land for job scam. The case revolves around the purported allocation of land to the Yadav family and their close associates at subsidized rates or as gifts in exchange for railway jobs. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recently interrogated former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi in connection with the case.
As per the reports by PTI, the ED has included the bases of some leaders associated with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) party in the raids. The officials have stated that the raids were conducted based on evidence obtained during the investigation into the case.
Bihar | Enforcement Directorate conducts a raid at ex-RJD MLA Syed Abu Dojana's premises at Phulwari Sharif in Patna.— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2023
A team of four members from Patna ED is here for investigation in a disproportionate assets case; further probe underway, says an ED official. pic.twitter.com/b8J7brbdvk
According to sources, the CBI has filed a charge sheet against Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, and 14 others under criminal conspiracy and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The accused have been summoned on March 15.
The allegations of the land for job scam have been making headlines in Bihar for some time now. The investigations have uncovered evidence suggesting that land was granted to the Yadav family and their close aides at significantly lower rates than the prevailing market rates. In exchange, railway jobs were allegedly offered to individuals recommended by the family.
The raids conducted by the ED have come as a significant development in the case and are expected to reveal more evidence and information. The case has become a significant political issue in Bihar, and the investigation is being closely followed by the public and the media.