CBI 'raids' Rabri's residence, RJD smells a rat

Rabri Devi

"It is a conspiracy of the state government to kill me and my family", she alleged. While the CBI officials said it clear that only Rabri Devi was questioned at her residence in Patna, RJD leaders claimed that Tejashwi was also quizzed for over four hours. The move followed an order issued from the state home department, which is under Chief Minister and JD (U) national president Nitish Kumar.

The allegation comes a day after the Bihar government withdrew the 32 Military Police jawans who were stationed at the residence of the former chief minister in Patna.

Reacting to the development, Rabri Devi's son and former Bihar deputy chief minister, Tejaswi Yadav, took a dig at chief minister Nitish Kumar, calling him a "Paltu Ram" (a turncoat) for revoking his government's earlier decision.

In October past year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had questioned Lalu Prasad and his younger son Tejashwi Yadav, a former Deputy Chief Minister, in the case at its Delhi headquarters. Singhal further said even though Lalu was away in jail, ten CRPF commandos of his "Z" category security given by the central government along with three state police officers as house guards remain deployed at 10, Circular Road. Yadav has called these moves a political vendetta. The CBI on July 5 filed a corruption case against Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad, and Tejashwi Yadav for alleged irregularities in the allotment of contracts of two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006 to a private firm. "The people will protect us", she added.

An anguished Rabri Devi, in her dramatic style, told media that the chief minister was conspiring to harm them, and that her husband's life was in danger.

"The guards were asked to return as RJD chief Lalu Yadav is now in jail", ADG HQ S.K. Singhal told reporters in Patna on Wednesday.

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