Railways to probe scam during Lalu Prasad's tenure

      Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee has said an external agency would probe allegations of graft during her predecessor's tenure. Lawmakers belonging to Bihar's Janata Dal (United) had alleged that that during the tenure of former Railways Minister Lalu Prasad, people were asked to cede land to the railways in exchange for jobs and contracts in the organisation. Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB) and the Railway Recruitment Committees (RRC) make recruitment to Indian Railways. "RRB and the RRC is an organisation. They do it for this. So if severe complaints come against the RRB and RRC then it is the procedure of the department, they do it internally if internal matter is involved and if outsiders are involved then the procedure is to depute an outside agency," Banerjee told reporters here on Thursday. She said it would also review past land seizures, mostly from farmers. It needs land to proceed with a 5.8 billion dollars project to connect Indian regions and spur economic activity.

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