No need for 'political tinge', let law take its course: Congress on Lalu raided

The Congress on Friday downplayed the political furore around Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registering a case against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, and asserted that siphoning political points out of the episode should be avoided, while letting the law take its course.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that lawful proceedings are taking place which will reach its culmination and that any sort of political campaign against Yadav should be avoided.

'I think these don't require any comment from a political party, these are legal proceeding. These are proceedings which will ultimately find their culmination in court judgments, the only thing which is important is that they should be no attempt to carry on any political campaign or vendetta or bias and other than that course will take care of it," Singhvi said.

The CBI earlier in the day registered a criminal conspiracy case against Yadav on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006.

The CBI has also booked Yadav's wife rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav, then MD, IRCTC P.K. Goel, a Private person, two Directors of Private Company, a Private Marketing Company and one other person in connection with a same.

The CBI sleuths today conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon and other places in connection with a case linked to a hotel maintenance contract awarded by Lalu Yadav when he was the Railway Minister in 2006.

The CBI is also examining irregularities in awarding tenders to private firms for operating railway hotels located close to stations.

These raids have comes weeks after income-tax department searched locations in New Delhi and adjoining areas in regard with corruption charges against Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar.

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