Bihar govt denies reports of being tipped off on Lalu raids

8 Jul 2017

The Bihar government today rejected news reports that senior civil and police officials were tipped off about Friday's CBI raids at locations linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family.
"Its a totally baseless news," an official release said. Quoting sources, some reports today said chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and state police chief P K Thakur were alerted by CBI on Thursday night about the impending raids at the premises of Lalu Prasad and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav among others. Some reports from New Delhi even claimed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had informed chief minister Nitish Kumar prior to the raids apprehending trouble and seeking adequate security measures to be put in place.
"Information regarding raids was given by CBI to director general of police at around 7.30 am, sometime after the raids began following which the police made necessary security arrangements in view of law and order," the official statement said. Chief minister Nitish Kumar is away in Rajgir in his home district Nalanda since Thursday afternoon reportedly due to health issues. Nitish and his party JD-U have remained tight-lipped about the raids, while the Congress, another RJD ally, has backed Lalu's claim that those were part of "vendetta politics" by BJP and the Modi government. Additional security personnel were deployed at offices of BJP, RJD and JD-U in the state capital while raids were on Friday.
Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) S K Singhal had said a general alert was sounded across the state in view of the political ramification of the raids. The RJD president on Friday today alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah "orchestrated" the CBI raids today to "politically finish" him. He also made a strong defence in the case related to giving two hotels of IRCTC on lease when he was railways minister.
"The CBI raids have been orchestrated by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to politically finish me... Fansi ke fande par latak jayenge par tumko kamyab nahi hone denge (Ready to get hanged but won't let you succeed)," Prasad told newspersons after arriving here late in the evening from Ranchi.