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February 22, 2024
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Lalu Yadav’s daughter Hema Yadav named in latest Land-for-Job scam charge sheet

Patna: In another twist to the already troubled legal saga of Lalu Yadav, the former Railway Minister and RJD supremo, his daughter Hema Yadav’s name has surfaced in the charge sheet related to the Land-for-Job scam. The Enforcement Directorate recently filed the charge sheet in the Rouse Avenue Court, adding another layer of complexity to the ongoing legal challenges faced by the Yadav family.

Lalu Yadav, already convicted in the infamous fodder scam, finds himself entangled in yet another legal battle, this time involving allegations of corruption in the land-for-job exchange. The charge sheet not only includes the name of Hema Yadav but also lists Lalu’s elder daughter Misa Bharti and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi. The court, in response to the charge sheet, has mandated the filing of an e-copy and set the next hearing for January 16.

This scandal unfolded during Lalu Yadav’s tenure as the Railway Minister (2004-09), with allegations pointing to irregularities in land transactions linked to job appointments. The Enforcement Directorate’s charge sheet includes the names of Lalu Yadav’s wife, daughter, and several other individuals connected to the family. Notable figures such as Hridayanand Chaudhary and Amit Katyal are also implicated in the case.

Hema Yadav had previously been questioned in connection to this case, amplifying the legal challenges faced by the Yadav family. The BJP, quick to seize upon this development, sees it as an opportunity to corner the RJD chief, particularly in the lead-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

The Land-for-Job scam, which has seen charge sheets from both the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, allegedly involves the manipulation of land transactions in exchange for job appointments. The charge sheets claim that Lalu Yadav’s family and key associates orchestrated this scheme during his tenure as the Railway Minister. The irregularities in the recruitment process further deepen the legal quagmire.

Amit Katyal, a close associate of Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi, has also been detained in connection with money laundering, adding another layer of complexity to the case. As the court sets the stage for the next hearing, the Yadav family braces for potentially intensified challenges in the coming months.

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