Sushil Modi says Tej Pratap wrongly acquired petrol pump licence, demands probe
The Bihar BJP leader said Tej Pratap Yadav was given the licence for the petrol pump without possessing requisite land at the time of application and facing the subsequent interview.india Updated: May 05, 2017 19:09 IST
Firing another salvo at Lalu Prasad’s family, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief’s son and Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav had “wrongfully managed” to acquire a licence for petrol pump in the state capital.
The licence for the petrol pump was given to Yadav in 2011, when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power at the Centre, without possessing requisite land at the time of application and facing the subsequent interview, Modi said.
Armed with documents, Modi said, “Both the basis of application and the process of allotment were under question. I will take up the issue with Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan for ordering a probe to fix responsibility on Bharat Petroleum Corporation officials and cancellation of the licence.”
Modi said company officials connived to push the allotment, while one of the promoters of AK Infosystems, Amit Katyal, also chipped in to hand over 136 decimal of land to Prasad’s younger son and Bihar’s deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, on lease in 2012 for the setting up of a petrol pump.
Modi had earlier alleged that AK Infosystems was a “shell company” of the Prasad family. Initially owned by promoters of Bihta beer factory, Om Prakash Katyal and Amit Katyal, the company, along with its prime land assets in the state capital, was completely taken over by Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in 2014, he said.
Maintaining that Om Prakash Katyal and Amit Katyal had provided Rs 50 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, respectively, to AK Infosystems in 2006-07 to purchase the said land parcel of 136 decimal, Modi said, “The trail of acquisition of benami property by Lalu and his family is long and complicated and, hence, requires a high-level probe.”
He said that the state government should not remain a mute spectator and constitute a commission, on the pattern of Haryana’s Dhingra panel set up to probe Robert Vadra’s land deals, to unravel the mystery and reasons behind the handover of landed properties to Prasad’s family members at throwaway prices.
The BJP’s state executive meeting, which concluded at Kishanganj on Thursday, also decided to take up the matter seriously. A statewide dharna would be organised on May 17 to press for the setting up of a judicial commission to probe the land deals, Modi said.
Modi, who has filed a defamation case against RJD spokespersons Manoj Jha and Chitranjan Gagan for levelling unsubstantiated charges against him, said: “Why the information related to petrol pump has not been declared in asset declaration to the government? I will not be bullied and will keep on bringing such matters in public domain.”
He also made light of Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s offer to hand over all his property, allegedly estimated in excess of Rs 1,000 crore, at a 50% discount saying, “dealing in benami property is illegal and those accepting it for free will also land in jail.”
SALVOS CONTINUE Says the trail of benami property acquisition by Lalu and his family is long and complicated and, hence, requires high-level probe
Govt should constitute a commission, on the pattern of Haryana’s Dhingra panel set up to probe Robert Vadra’s land deals, to unravel mystery behind handover of landed properties to Prasad’s family at throwaway prices
Sushil K Modi, senior BJP leader