ED registers money laundering case against Lalu Yadav, family


Patna: In a major blow to the RJD, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday registered a money laundering case against RJD chief Lalu Yadav and his family members in a case of alleged corruption related to railway hotel allotment.

The ED action comes on a day when Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister, hours after he snapped with Lalu’s RJD.

The case has been registered under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Earlier this month, the CBI had registered a criminal FIR and conducted multiple searches against the former Bihar chief minister and others.

The Enforcement Directorate will investigate the alleged “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies, officials said.

Prasad’s wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav, and others will be probed by the agency under charges filed in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED equivalent of a police FIR.

The case dates back to the time when Lalu was the railway minister in the UPA government.

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