‘Lalu’s family acquired land through shady deals, front companies’
The BJP is turning the heat on Lalu Prasad with its senior leader Sushil Modi threatening to approach the CBI over the RJD chief and his family’s alleged acquisition of land in shady deals.india Updated: Apr 18, 2017 19:29 IST
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday threatened to expose RJD president Lalu Prasad and his family’s alleged illegal land acquisition through murky deals involving front companies in many locations in the state capital.
“In the days to come, I will expose them all,” said Modi told reporters on the sidelines of his weekly Janata Darbar. “At the right time I will approach the agencies like CBI, ED and income tax department with all the relevant documents,” he added.
Modi said AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd, owned by Om Prakash Katyal’s family, had purchased land at Panapur and Chittkohra in Patna in March 2007. In 2014, the Katyal family transferred entire shares of the company to former chief minister Rabri Devi and her deputy CM son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav thereby also giving them ownership of the land.
The BJP leader said the same company had purchased a double storied building along with land at Salempur Dumra, Patna, at a cost of Rs 70 lakh.
The property had been gifted to Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and his health minister brother Tej Pratap Yadav by their maternal uncle Prabhunath Yadav (Rabri Devi’s brother). The cost of the gifted assets in 2006 was Rs 14 lakh, he said, quoting documents.
Modi, a former deputy chief minister, also claimed that brothers OP Katyal and Amit Katyal had given a loan of Rs 1.15 crore to AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd to purchase the land which had been gifted to the Yadav brothers and also to buy other land assets.
The Katyal family had set up a liquor factory at Bihta during Rabri Devi’s chief ministership. The factory was later closed down.
“Why did the Katyal family launch AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd? The company did not do any business expect buy land,” Modi said.
He wondered why the Katyal family loaned Rs 1.15 crore to the company.
“And why were the assets gifted by Prabhunath Yadav to Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav were shown to cost a meagre Rs 14 lakh?” he asked.
Modi also sought to know why the Katyal family transferred all the shares of AK Infosystems to Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Prasad Yadav. He alleged that in lieu of getting permission to open the alcohol factory, the Katyal family handed over the ownership of the company to Lalu’s family.
The former deputy CM said there were another three to four such companies, which had been opened using similar strategms to purchase real estate for Lalu’s family.
Questioning the silence of chief minister Nitish Kumar over the alleged murky land acquisition deals, the BJP leader said it was high time that the CM should act.
The revelations by Modi is among a series of ‘exposures’ on Lalu Prasad’s family, which started with an expose of a soil scam in which the family is allegedly involved, besides the construction of Bihar’s biggest mall under construction, which is in the name of Prasad’s sons and daughters, who include Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and health minister, Tej Pratap Yadav.
Modi claimed that such properties have not been revealed by the family among assets mentioned in affidavits to the Election Commission, though Prasad claims, all information is in the public domain.
Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi have hit back saying, Modi’ is riding a paper tiger and there was nothing had been hidden by the family, while also threatening to expose Modi and other BJP leaders’ alleged benami ownership of land and property.