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Bihar Rs 100 crore, CBI will soon make more disclosures in the case of land grab in lieu of job

In its ongoing investigation, the CBI has recovered around 250 land deeds and unaccounted cash during the raids conducted from May to August this year. These land deeds allegedly belonged to job seekers

According to the estimates of CBI officials, the land-for-jobs scam in Bihar could be worth Rs 100 crore. The agency, in its ongoing investigation, has recovered around 250 land deeds and unaccounted cash during the raids conducted from May to August this year. These land deeds allegedly belonged to job seekers. Those who sold or gifted their land to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family or his associates allegedly to get a job in the Railways when he was the Railway Minister.

Media quoted an official associated with the investigation as saying, “The CBI has verified 16 land deeds. There is a direct link between the job seekers and the accused in the FIR. 250 more such deeds are under investigation.”

The agency has registered a case against the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family in the matter. It has been alleged in the FIR that people were given jobs as an option and in lieu of land in Group-D.

Sources said,”Most of the job seekers in this scam were from districts from where Lalu Yadav has once been an MP, such as Chhapra, Patna, Gopalganj, Darbhanga and Siwan. If the job seeker could not give the land, So Rs 7 lakh in cash was taken for every job.” He said that if a family wanted its two children to get jobs, they were demanded two parcels of land or Rs 14 lakh.

‘Corruption racket run like corporate setup’

The CBI in its investigation has found that the entire racket was run like a professional corporate setup. Officials said that trained persons with call centerlike setup used to run a special cell set up for the purpose. “A special cell was set up at the residence of the then Railway Minister, which was manned by trained personnel, who ran the racket like a turnkey project,” an official said.

He said that their way of working was such that after receiving the bribe, the candidate was given necessary educational qualification, interview training and all other necessary help. The investigators found fake school certificates during the search. Officials said that while some schools had given fake Class 10 or Class 12 certificates to students, others have said they were unaware that their names were being used.

Officials said that between 2004 and 2009, several plots in and around Patna were sold at low prices to the Yadav family or their associates. In some cases, the agency has found direct evidence where land was transferred to the Yadav family. In some other cases the names of his close aides have surfaced.

A source said,”The method was to acquire land in the name of people linked to the scam. The land was later transferred to the people named in the FIR. For example, in late 2014, a job was sold to an associate of the accused. The land of the job seeker was transferred to the suspect named in the FIR.”

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