A day after carrying out searches at 25 locations in several districts of Bihar and Haryana’s Gurugram, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday searched the lockers of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLC Sunil Kumar Singh and his family members in Patna.
According to CBI sources, the agency had searched the residential premises of Singh on Wednesday till late in the night and took away the property documents. On Thursday, a team of CBI officials reached the State Bank of India (SBI) branch along with Vandana, the wife of Singh, and his son. In the bank, the CBI team got the bank lockers opened in their presence. Singh could not join the CBI in the bank as he was in Bihar Assembly.
Singh, who is also a treasurer of the RJD, took the opportunity to hit out at the Central government. He said, “They are searching for the bank lockers of Sunil Kumar Singh and Vandana Singh in every bank. I have told them if they have knowledge of more than two or three lockers of his, then the CBI should inform him.”
Singh said that a team of CBI is sitting at his home while a team is at the bank to look at the lockers. “And I have sent my wife and son to accompany them in the searches,” he added.
Singh pointed out, “The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate have become a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). And they want to break the Grand Alliance and anyhow frame Tejashwi Yadav (Bihar Deputy Chief Minister) and make him an accused.” “The searches have nothing to do with the alleged land-for-job scam case. None of the officers questioned me about my properties; they just kept on asking me irrelevant questions,” he claimed.
On Wednesday night, the RJD leader claimed that the CBI team carried out 14 hours of searches and recovered Rs 2.59 lakh from his house while taking away the property papers of his wife. Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, who is the wife of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, ties rakhi every year to Singh.
The CBI had also searched the premises of two Rajya Sabha MPs of the party and an ex-MLC’s premises till late night on Wednesday. After the searches, CBI sources said that it recovered 200 sale deeds. The agency also searched a mall in Gurugram, allegedly owned by Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, his family members and associates, agency sources said. Tejashwi vehemently denied the charges and accused the BJP of hatching a conspiracy to tarnish his as well as his party’s image.
A source further said that the agency sleuths also got links of WhiteLand with the Urban Cube 71 and therefore, its premises were searched. The CBI also found some documents of Elite Landways, which is linked with WhiteLand, the source added.
The CBI registered a case on May 18 this year against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, his two daughters Misa Bharti and Hema Yadav, and unknown public servants and private persons. The CBI FIR stated that Lalu Prasad, who was the railway minister during the period 2004-2009, had obtained pecuniary advantages in the form of transfer of land property in the name of his family members etc in lieu of the appointment of substitutes in Group ‘D’ posts in different zones of the railways.
The CBI had, earlier on July 27, arrested Lalu Prasad’s former OSD Bhola Yadav and Hridyanand Choudhary, who worked as substitute employees of the railways, in connection with the case. Earlier on May 20, the CBI had carried out searches at 16 locations in Bihar’s Patna, Gopalganj and Delhi on the premises of Lalu Prasad and his family members.