Deliberately Dragged Into the Mud: Lalu on Soil Scam Accusation

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According to the BJP, the shopping mall is being built on the land transferred to Delight Marketing Company Private limited in which Tej and his younger brother Tejaswi and sister Chanda are directors.

Bihar Forest Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tej Pratap has landed in a controversy following allegations that soil from land owned by his family was sold to a zoo controlled by his ministry for Rs 90 lakh without any tender.

The Bihar unit of the BJP on Friday alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's two sons - Tej Pratap and Tejaswi - and his wife Rabri Devi were involved in a multi-crore land scam.

Tej Pratap, 28, is Forest Minister and with his siblings owns a plot of land on the outskirts of Patna where a mall is being constructed.

The twist in this tale is Tej and Tejashwi are directors of the company building the mall and the zoo comes under the Forest and Environment Department of which Tej is the Minister.

The soil scam (also known locally as 'mitti ghotala') refers to a charge by former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi.

Sushil Kumar Modi retaliated, "When the series of scandals like fodder, tar and drugs were revealed, Lalu had denied them also, but eventually not only he but many of his Ministers had been booked and jailed". "The company, interestingly, did no business in last 15 years but added "construction" in its objective in 2015", said Mr Modi, who was earlier in exposing the multi-crore fodder scam against Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Amid the volley of charges, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in Patna High Court today by advocate Manibhushan Pratap Sengar seeking a CBI inquiry or a judicial probe into the soil purchase for the Patna zoo pathway. Kochhar was allegedly given two railway hotels. He added the mall was not among the six sites identified by the contractor to fetch soil from. "CM should sack Yadav from his cabinet without making any delay", Modi told reporters on the sidelines of "Janata Darbar" at his official residence. It is reported that he has asked the Chief Secretary to look into the matter.