Lalu concedes his family purchased land

Cheryl Sanders
April 9, 2017

The RJD leader's latest harangue against Kumar, however, is seen as timed to coincide with the growing demand for the sacking of Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health, Forestry and Environment Minister - the two sons of Lalu - after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders accused them of hatching what is now being called the "soil scam", or "mitti ghotala".

In 2008, former JD (U) MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh had alleged that the brother of the owner of Patna's Chanakya hotel, Harsh Kochar, had registered two acres of land near Danapur canal to Delight in February 2005 for Rs 90 lakh.

Lalu Yadav, who can not hold public office because of corruption charges, today said that his sons who are both Bihar ministers and accused of graft, are right to "do business because I don't want them to die in poverty". "Currently, Rabri Devi with 2,402 shares and Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav with 800 shares each are directors and owners of a land worth Rs 100 crore and a mall is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore with built-in space of 5 lakh square feet", Modi said. Later, in November 2016, the company was renamed as Lara Projects Private Limited (The "la" and "ra" from "Lalu" and his wife "Rabri" Devi).

"' I contradict the charge that my daughters, Ragini and Chanda, are also directors in the firm", he said.

A large amount of soil was dug up from the property in question on the outskirts of Patna.

The RJD has however denied the allegations and says that there must be some proof about the money being transferred.

"It is Sushil Modi's habit to level baseless allegations".

The RJD chief got agitated when asked about Modi's charge that he had amassed wealth despite professing to being a champion of social justice. "If we have some land, can not we make its commercial use?" asked Yadav. "Modi is trying to defame my family", he said.

Seeking investigation into the "mall scam", Modi said that Kumar has been demanding from the Centre to attack benami properties and now he should act against his ministers as the properties lie in Bihar.

The RJD chief rebutted Modi's allegation that the company's take over was not mentioned in IT returns of the parties concerned. "The CM should sack Yadav from his Cabinet without making any delay", said Sushil Modi according to PTI.

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