<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday grilled Tejashwi Yadav, son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, for eight hours in connection with the alleged corruption charges against the Yadav family when awarding a contract for the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels in 2006.He arrived at the agency headquarters at the scheduled time of 11 am and left at around 7 pm.The 27-year old former deputy chief minister of Bihar has skipped three earlier notices for questioning in the case before finally appearing before the investigation team on Friday. After this, on October 11, Tejashwi also has to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money laundering case. His mother is scheduled to appear before him on October 10.Meanwhile, the CBI on Thursday questioned Lalu in connection with the same case for another eighthours. After questioning, Lalu had said that it was a political vendetta against the family. “I have turned around the loss-making Railways with a record Rs 7,000 crore profit. It was a case study for Harvard. And now, they are accusing or blaming me for a scam. This is a political conspiracy against me and the family members,” Yadav said.The Bihar stalwart, however, praised the investigating agency, saying that they were cordial to him during questioning. “They are doing what the current Indian government is telling them or instructing them to do,” Yadav added. He, too, had earlier skipped three summons by the CBI, seeking more time citing prior engagements.According to the FIR filed by the CBI, the contracts were awarded when Lalu was the railway minister. At the time, IRCTC — a subsidiary of the Indian Railways — handed over the maintenance of two of its hotels in Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Puri (Odisha) to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.A case was then registered, naming Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, son Tejashwi and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former Union minister, as accused in the case.Murky contractAccording to CBI, IRCTC awarded two contracts for hostel maintenance to Hotel Sujata, in exchange for three acres land. The Yadav family is accused of using their influence with Railways to make it happen

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CBI grills Tejashwi Yadav for 8 hrs