Patna: CBI raids Lalu's residence, inquires Rabri 4 hours

Security personnel stand outside Rashtriya Janata Dal senior leader Rabri Devi's residence to control her supporters following a CBI raid in Patna on Tuesday

Security personnel stand outside Rashtriya Janata Dal senior leader Rabri Devi's residence to control her supporters following a CBI raid in Patna on Tuesday

Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi was today questioned by the CBI in Patna in a case of alleged corruption in handing over IRCTC hotels management to a private firm when her husband and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was the railway minister, officials said here. "We will give up security given to my mother as former Chief Minister, my brother (Tej Pratap) as legislator and me as opposition leader so that Nitish Kumar can focus on more productive work than petty politics", he tweeted. Speaking to media, Rabri also pointed out how the security was removed at around 9 pm on Tuesday.

Security personnel stand outside Rabri Devi's residence in Patna on Tuesday.

"The security provided to me has been completely withdrawn".

Bihar officials, JD (U) defended recall of guards saying they were provided to her husband Lalu Prasad, who enjoys "Z" category security. "I am therefore returning herewith all security personnel and escort vehicles deployed at my residence. If anything happens to me and my family, the entire responsibility would be on the home department and home minister", said Rabri Devi.


On Wednesday, Rabri Devi said that it was a conspiracy by Nitish Kumar, Sushil Kumar Modi (of the BJP) and the government. The 10, Circular road residence of Rabri and Tejashwi's 5 Deshratan Marg residence allotted as deputy chief minister in the previous grand alliance government wore a deserted look on Wednesday. "But his safety will be ensured in jail and hospital".

Rabri also shot off a letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar stating that all house guards provided to Lalu as ex-chief minister were withdrawn after he went to jail on December 23, 2017 and only few were left to man posts inside the 10 Circular road residence. "The state government is indulging in politics of security, vehicle and house, and harassing the Opposition".

Strongly criticizing the move, RJD leader Shivanand Tiwary said, "I wonder whether Nitish Kumar has lost his sense of discretion".

"The RJD leaders are trying to garner public sympathy by playing the victim card", Singh said.

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