On Monday (29 January), Lalu Prasad Yadav, the supremo of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), arrived at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Patna for questioning in the land-for-jobs case, as reported by NDTV.
Accompanied by his daughter Misha Bharti, who is also implicated in the corruption case, the 75-year-old politician is facing allegations of irregularities during his tenure as railway minister from 2004 to 2009.
The case suggests that job-seekers were made to transfer lands at nominal rates to Yadav family members.
Accused alongside Lalu Prasad Yadav are his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, and daughter Misa.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is examining bribery allegations, while the ED is investigating potential money laundering.
The RJD has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of utilising government agencies for political targeting.
RJD MP Manoj Jha asserted, "This is not an ED summon but a BJP summon... This will go on till 2024, till then please do not call it ED summons... Why should we be scared?"
On the morning of his questioning at the ED office, Misha Bharti commented, "Whoever is not with the BJP and is not ready to switch to their side gets this greeting card." She emphasised that her family members have consistently cooperated with probe agencies.
Lalu Prasad Yadav's interrogation follows the surprising political move by Nitish Kumar, his former ally.
Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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