Modi to knock EC’s door against Tej Pratap for not revealing assets
BJP leader Sushil Modi, on Friday, accused Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav of not declaring parts of his highly valuable land holdings in his 2015 state assembly poll affidavit.india Updated: Apr 18, 2017 11:37 IST
PATNA: BJP legislature party leader Sushil Modi on Friday said that he would knock the doors of Election Commission to demand action against RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s eldest son and minister Tej Pratap Yadav for concealing ownership of 45 decimal (nearly half acre) of prime land on Aurangabad Highway in his election affidavit.
Stepping up his attack on Lalu Prasad over alleged acquisition of prime property and assets in the name of his family members, Modi said while his earlier ‘expose’ related to acquisition of assets through takeover of controlling stakes in two companies—Delite Marketing Pvt Ltd and AK Infosystem Pvt Ltd—the current instance related to direct purchase from seven land owners for a consideration of Rs 53.34 crore in 2010.
Now, the question is from where Tej Pratap Yadav, aged 20 years then, generated the money to clinch the deal. “It also raises the issue, why did he chose not to disclose such prime property (valued at Rs 15 crore at current market price) and the subsequent loan of Rs 2.29 crore by mortgaging it in his election affidavit, or in the assets and liability declaration to the state government,” he asked.
Modi said, even today, Tej Pratap Yadav, who resigned as the managing director of Lara Distributors that runs a auto showroom post 2015 assembly polls, continues to hold the maximum number of shares (2.51 lakh), along with his mother Rabri Devi (1.17 lakh) and sisters Misa Bharti (1,000), Chanda Yadav (2,000) and Ragini (1 lakh)—who are all directors in the company.
Modi conceded that it was a legitimate right to carry business. “But that does not allow concealment of facts. More so, if it involves a minister. The chief minister should take immediate action amounting to dismissal of Tej Pratap from his cabinet,” he said.
Alleging that all information related to assets and liability declaration of Lalu Prasad’s family members have been “blocked” from being downloaded, Modi said that he had all the documentary evidence in his possession.
“I will take the matter to the EC,” he said in response to a query that EC did not take up matters on its own unless approached.
Maintaining that 72 hours have elapsed since he raised the issue of transfer of land for mall in Patna by Prem Gupta of Delite Marketing and liquor factory by Om Prakash Katyal of AK Infosystems, Modi said “Lalu Prasad has not responded to the allegations. While the income tax (IT) and enforcement directorate (ED) can initiate action against “shell companies”, the state government was competent enough to investigate the land deals on its own,” he added.
Tej Pratap Yadav, who resigned as the managing director of Lara Distributors that runs a auto showroom post 2015 assembly polls, continues to hold the maximum number of shares (2.51 lakh), along with his mother Rabri Devi (1.17 lakh) and sisters Misa Bharti (1,000), Chanda Yadav (2,000) and Ragini (1 lakh)—who are all directors in the company.
Sushil Kumar Modi