The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to question Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, who has been named in the CBI FIR that was registered by the investigating agency last week while investigating alleged irregularities in awarding of tenders for hotel maintenance, when his father and president of Rashtriya Janata Dal, Lalu Prasad Yadav, was the Railways Minister.

ED sources alleged that the irregularities were also related to violations of foreign exchange and money laundering laws.

According to the documents available on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) website, Tejashwi, whose DIN or Director Identification Number is 03055727, is associated with at least five companies, including the designated partner of Lara projects LLP (date of appointment 14 February 2017), director of Fairgrow Holdings Private Limited (DoA 30 September 2014), director of Lara Projects Private Limited (DoA 30 September 2014), director of AB Exports Private Limited (DoA 10 January 2011) and director of AK Infosystem Private Limited (DoA 30 September 2014).

M/s LARA PROJECTS (LLP) has been named as the 7th accused in the CBI FIR, with the first three being RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Bihar CM and mother of Tejashwi Rabri Devi and Tejashwi himself, as per information accessed by this newspaper.

In the last week of May, CBI’s additional director Rakesh Kumar Asthana had flown to Patna and held discussions with Patna based Bureau officials who had submitted some documents for preliminary inquiry after which the CBI started its probe, resulting in the registering of the FIR.

CBI sleuths had reached Patna on Wednesday itself and spent two days in doing a recce of the locations that it was asked to raid. The CBI officials were moving around and speaking to locals under the guise of “denim traders”.

The fact that Tejaswhi was the director of multiple companies, including M/S LARA projects, was not disclosed by him in his election affidavit that he had filed while contesting the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections.

The Sunday Guardian was the first to make public the news that the children of Lalu Yadav had concealed the fact that they were directors in various companies including M/S LARA PROJECTS (LLP) (Lalu’s daughter, sons concealed information in election affidavits, 16 April).

The ED on Saturday raided the premises of Misa Bharti, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, for allegedly amassing benami properties and running shell companies with the intention of money laundering.

The alleged money laundering done by three of Lalu’s nine children came to light after Misa’s chartered accountant, Rajesh Aggarwal was arrested and the ED interrogated him for three days in May. Aggarwal allegedly helped the Lalu family to float shell companies and invest their alleged black money in them. Before the ED swung into action, the Income Tax department had searched around 20 residential and business premises belonging to Lalu Yadav’s immediate family members and business partners.


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