In a relief to the RJD chief, the Delhi's Patiala House Court has granted regular bail to Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday in the IRCTC case filed by the CBI.
On December 20, Lalu was granted interim bail in the 2013 case by the Patiala House Court on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with a surety of the same amount, in both CBI and ED cases pertaining to alleged irregularities in granting of operational contracts of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm during his tenure as the Railway Minister from 2004 to 2009.
Lalu is facing charges of misusing his position in the allotment of a contract to a private company for the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels located at Puri and Ranchi.
The prosecution report had stated that the two hotels of the Indian Railways were first transferred to IRCTC and was sub-leased to the Sujata Hotel Pvt. Ltd owned by Vijay and Vinay Kochhar for maintenance.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also filed a reply in the Delhi Court and opposed regular bail plea to all the accused in the case - Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi- who are currently on interim bail.
ED in its reply said that the offences were affecting the economy, thereby posing a serious threat to the financial health of the country.
Charges against Lalu's family for IRCTC scams are:
Lalu Prasad Yadav
Tej Pratap Yadav