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CBI grills Rabri over Rs 10 lakh deposit

Patna: CBI officials on Tuesday questioned former chief minister Rabri Devi for about an hour at her 10 Circular Road residence over a sum of Rs 10 lakh that was deposited into her Bihar Awami Co-operative Bank account after demonetisation.

The questioning came the day Rabri's husband, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, left for Mumbai for treatment. "Lalu was present when she was questioned. Prior appointment had been sought," said a source.

Sources close to the family said the Rs 10 lakh that was deposited had been shown as "cash in hand" in the income tax returns Rabri filed.

Former RJD MLC Anwar Ahmad, who used to be called "kebab mantri" for the kebabs he served Lalu when the party was in power, is chairman of the Bihar Awami Cooperative Bank. The bank had extended lalu and Rabri a loan of Rs 5 lakh for their eldest daughter Misa Bharti's wedding. However, Anwar fell out with Lalu after the party refused him an Assembly poll ticket in 2015.

In April 2017, the CBI raided the bank and Anwar's premises for allegedly converting scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. According to an FIR lodged by the CBI's anti-corruption branch in Patna, the ex-MLC's son, Arshad Ahmed, illegally opened 41 accounts at the bank and exchanged Rs 70.46 lakh in scrapped currency. The FIR also three other bank officials as accused. The case was registered under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of documents), 468 (forgery for cheating) of IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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