A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to Lalu Prasad Yadav, a leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and former railway minister, along with his wife Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, and their daughter Misa Bharti.
They were released on a personal bond of ₹50,000 and one surety of like amount each. The case in question pertains to an alleged land-for-job scam, and the family appeared before Special Judge Geetanjali Goel at the Rouse Avenue court around 11 a.m.
Mr. Prasad, who recently underwent a kidney transplant and was in a wheelchair, had arrived at the court at 10 a.m., but proceedings were delayed. The CBI had alleged that when Prasad was the minister of railways between 2004 and 2009, irregular appointments were made in the railways in return for land parcels gifted or sold to his family.
The candidates or their immediate relatives and family members allegedly sold land to the family members of Prasad at highly discounted rates up to one-fifth of the prevailing market rates. The charge sheet also claimed that the appointments violated the laid-down norms and procedures of Indian Railways for recruitment.
On February 27, Special Judge Goel had issued summons to the accused persons, including Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti, and directed them to appear before the court on March 15.