Former Chief Minister of Bihar, Rabri Devi, finally appeared before Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials for questioning after seventh summon in Patna zonal office in the case pertaining to land-for-railway hotels deal.
A team from ED questioned Rabri for almost seven hours. Before it, she entered the ED zonal office with her eldest daughter and member of Rajya Sabha, Misa Bharti, son-in-law Shailesh Kumar and RJD leader Bhola Yadav at 11.40 AM at Bank Road here and came out 6.57 PM. But she didn’t share questions which were asked by ED officers with media persons, nor any official communiqué was released. Here two officials had come from ED office of Delhi only to conduct questioning of Rabri.
According to sources, at least 47 questions were asked, but in the answer of all most questions she only said ‘yes’ or ‘no’. when ED officers cross-examined Rabri on the set of questions asked to her, younger son and deputy CM of Bihar, Tejashwi Prasad, in the same case, she refused to give answer the questions or said, she could not recall the turn of events and wished to file a written reply after going through the records. On completion of questioning, sources said officials were not looking satisfied and may call her again for questioning in future.
ED had summoned six times to Rabri for appearing its office in Delhi, but Rabri refused to arrive there citing personal reasons and requested with references of rule if they come to Patna, she would appear for questioning. According to the rule women have been given relaxation for questioning in their own town. A case in this regard has already been registered in Delhi.
The investigation is connected to a decision taken by Lalu, husband of Rabri Devi and Chief of Rastriya Janta Dal, who is accused of having abused his position as railway minister in 2004 in the maintenance of hotels of railway situated in Puri and Ranchi. Allegedly he got a piece of land in the prime location in Patna in return of allocating the maintenance work of hotels to a private company.