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Now the IRCTC Scam Comes Back to Haunt the Lalu Family

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NEW DELHI: The CBI has filed a charge sheet against two companies and 12 people, including former railway minister Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav, for alleged irregularities in granting an operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.

The charge sheet was filed in a special CBI court in New Delhi.

The CBI had registered a case in July last year and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurugram in connection with the case.

The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption, the CBI had said. The charge sheet said that between 2004 and 2014, a conspiracy was hatched in pursuance of which BNR hotels of Indian Railways, located at Puri and Ranchi, were first transferred to the IRCTC and later for its operations, maintenance and upkeep, it was given on lease to a private firm Sujata Hotel Private Limited based in Patna.

It alleged that the tender process was rigged and manipulated and the conditions were tweaked to help the private party (Sujata Hotels).

It is alleged that Vinay Kochhar on February 25, 2005, sold commercial property in the form of three acres of land in Patna through 10 sale deeds for Rs 1.47 crore to Delight marketing in which Sarla Gupta was a director as a front benami holder on behalf of Lalu Prasad. Subsequently, between the period 2010 to 2014, this land was further transferred, the CBI alleged.

In 2001, a decision was taken to handover management of catering services of Indian Railways, including of its hotels, to IRCTC. Two such hotels namely BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri were also identified and a MoU was signed between the Railways and IRCTC on March 19, 2004.

Lalu Yadav, the then railway minister, allegedly entered into criminal conspiracy with owners of Sujata hotels, Sarla Gupta, wife of his close associate Prem Chand Gupta, an RJD MP in Rajya Sabha, and IRCTC officials for “undue pecuniary advantage to himself and others”, the CBI FIR had alleged.

The CBI has alleged that Lalu Prasad, as Railway Minister, was aware of the whole process and was keeping a track of the tender proceedings.

It surfaced that while over 15 bid documents were received for both the hotels, IRCTC has no records of bidders other than Sujata Hotels. It is also alleged that with an intention to render undue pecuniary gains to Sujata Hotels, the bid of another hotel was deliberately and unreasonably given low marks under technical evaluation.

After the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotels, the ownership of Delight marketing also changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Tejaswi Yadav between 2010 and 2014.

By this time Lalu Prasad had demitted the office of Railway Minister.

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PM Modi Today in Mandla in MP for National Panchayati Raj Day Program

The winners of  Rashtriya e-Panchayat Puraskar and Gram Panchayat Vikas Puraskar Yojana under Sarvasreshtha Panchayat Puraskar Yojana will be felicitated on this occasion.

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MANDLA (Madhya Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday on the National Panchayati Raj Day.

He will launch the Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan, at a public meeting, and address Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla.

Preparations are underway for the visit with cultural celebrations and performances reflecting the local culture of the region.

Prime Minister Modi will unveil a Road Map for the overall development of tribals during the next five years highlighting the focus on Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.

In keeping up with the Government’s commitment towards clean, healthy, and electrified India, the Prime Minister would felicitate the Sarpanches of the villages which have achieved 100 percent smokeless kitchens, 100 percent vaccination under Mission Indradhanush, and 100 percent electrification under Saubhagya Scheme.

The winners of  Rashtriya e-Panchayat Puraskar and Gram Panchayat Vikas Puraskar Yojana under Sarvasreshtha Panchayat Puraskar Yojana will be felicitated on this occasion.

Prime Minister’s visit to Mandla on Panchayats Raj Day is an indication of the government’s commitment to bring people in remote regions into the developmental mainstream.

The Felicitation of panchayat heads will prove to be a source of inspiration to the rest of India and highlight the achievements and best practices of these interventions.

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BJP Charges Congress with Disrespecting Constitutional Authorities

BJP charged the Congress party with harming the reputation and independence of the judiciary for political gain.

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NEW DELHI: The BJP on April 23 criticised the Congress Party for attacking the institution of the Chief Justice, charging the party with wanting to create anarchy by making people “lose” faith in the judiciary.

While the Congress Party has alleged that the Rajya Sabha chairman had not followed due process, the BJP hit back saying the Rajya Sabha Chairman’s office is not a post office meant to forward petitions but has to apply its mind judiciously and take a call.

Even after the Rajya Sabha Chairman refused to admit the  motion seeking removal of Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra, the matter has not come to a rest. The Govt and ruling Party have come down heavily on Congress for not respecting the Chairman’s decision… saying that the party has no respect for constitutional authorities.

BJP charged the Congress party with harming the reputation and indepence of the judiciary for political gain. The party said the voters will soon bring in a motion for the removal of the Congress party.

The Congress Party has said it will appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court. Despite the Congress’ apprehensions, constitutional experts are calling the Congress Party sponsored notice for removal  a politically motivated one.

Experts say the chairman followed due process. It is well within the power of the chairman to disallow the motion after consulting such persons as he thinks fit and after considering materials available to him. It is only after and if the motion is accepted, that a committee of three members is consituted to examine the allegations.

This has happened four times in the history of the country so far… aganist Supreme Court Judge V. Ramaswami, Kolkata High Court Judge Soumitra Sen, Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court PD Dinakaran and Justice JB Pardiwala of Gujarat High Court, but in no case has teh entire porcess been completed. This motion has been disallowed at the intial stage itself.

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Amit Shah Accuses Congress of Trying to Save the Dynasty in the Name of Constitution

Calls the impeachment motion a part of a larger trend to demonize and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity.

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NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah has denounced the move by the opposition to move a notice of impeachment motion against the CJI.

In a hard-hitting Facebook post named – Saving the Constitution or Saving Dynasty? – Shah has lambasted the Congress for trying to target institutions of the nation and weaken its democracy.

Touching upon the notice of motion of impeachment he added that judiciary, though trusted by 125 crore Indians, has invited the wrath of the Congress and Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

He called it a part of a larger trend to demonize and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity and not kowtow to the dynasty. He said that the Army has also repeatedly been the Congress’ target.

He said that during the UPA years a Chief of Army Staff was targeted and the entire Army was dragged into political slugfests. He also listed Congress’ protests against the CAG and the election commission in the post.    The post makes reference to the imposition of emergency and dismissal of state governments under the Congress rule.

He also accused the Congress of deviating from the constitution given by Babasaheb Ambedkar and of spreading hate and divisions in society and said that Congress is blinded by the disdain for PM modi, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Modi hatred is fast turning into India hatred.

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