NEW DELHI – Independent MP Kapil Sibal on Monday slammed the CBI for interrogating former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi.
Kapil Sibal said it is being done to pressurise Lalu.
“CBI heat on Lalu We all know the fragile state of his health To pressurise Tejasvi, The more the government does this more the people will turn against this government,” Sibal said in his tweet.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told IANS that it was not any raid or search operation, but the team paid a visit to the house of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi for further investigation in connection with the land for job scam involving former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and others.
The opposition leaders accused that the CBI was being misused by the Centre by conducting raids on Holi Festival at their house.
“We are doing further investigation in the matter,” the CBI said.
In the case, Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad and others have been summoned by the Delhi’s Rouse Avenue District Courts to appear before it on March 15. The CBI has got the prosecution sanction against Lalu Prasad in the case.
RJD leader Sudhakar Singh tore into the BJP and termed the interrogation a “ploy” to intimidate the opposition parties ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
“BJP is trying to create fear among the opposition parties. Questioning Rabri Devi is an example of it. Actually, it is scared of opposition unity and is hence using the constitutional agencies to create fear ahead of the Lok Sabha election,” Singh said.
“The Bihar government will run smoothly and mahagathbandhan will not be affected by it,” he said.
“In the past also, the CBI had conducted several raids but could not get anything. If the probe team has any proof against the Yadavs, they would not hesitate to put them behind the bars,” Singh said.
A team of CBI officials reached Rabri Devi’s residence this morning soon after Tejashwi Yadav left for the state Assembly. Rabri Devi and Tej Pratap Yadav were present in the house.
As the news spread, a large number of RJD supporters reached the ex-CM’s residence and staged a “dharna”. While raising slogans against the BJP and CBI, they asked the CBI to go back.
Meanwhile, Reni Devi, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar said: “Lalu Prasad Yadav was involved in corruption in the past and hence a raid is underway against him. He he found guilty, the law of the country will punish him and if he does not have any role in the alleged IRCTC scam, he will come out clean. Nothing is intentional against him.”
Recently, the CBI had served summons against 15 persons, including Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti, and other members of the family, and asked them to appear before a special CBI court on March 15.
They are facing charges in land-for-job scam that took place during the tenure of Lalu Prasad as union railway minister from 2005 to 2009.