CBI questions Rabri Devi in railway hotel tender case


Rabri Devi, the wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, was questioned at her residence here. "If the government asks us to vacate our house, we're ready to do it".

"It is a conspiracy by CM Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi and their government to get me and my family killed", said Rabri, after around 30 jawans, allotted to Lalu and Rabri as ex-CMs, were withdrawn by the government. "It is for the first time that there is virtually no security jawan at the residence of Lalu-Rabri".

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In a midnight tweet, Tejashwi Yadav who is the acting president of the RJD said in Hindi that the chief minister had withdrawn the security "at the residence of two former chief ministers in a hurry, as if this will help him keep his chair". It's a clear case of political vendetta. It is a part of their conspiracy to have Lalujee and our entire family eliminated. 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 agency can go to the residence of any accused person without informing or through a muhurat". She had also written a letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar reportedly saying, "if any untoward incident takes place with me and my family, home ministry will be held responsible". "Congratulations to you and your government for this measure". "Let Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar remember that the more they will try to repress us, the stronger will we emerge", RJD vice-president Shivanand Tiwary said. Rabri Devi has said that it will be the home minister's (Nitish Kumar) responsibility if anything happens to her or her family. Several RJD legislators also started surrendering their security guards to the government.