More trouble for Lalu as Bihar’s economic offences unit set to probe his sons’ assets
The state government had directed the EOU to investigate the financial dealings of and properties amassed by former deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and his elder brother, erstwhile health minister Tej Pratap Yadav,india Updated: Jul 30, 2017 00:01 IST
PATNA After the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) starting investigations into the assets of Lalu Prasad and his close relations, the Economic Offences Unit (EoU) of the state is set to probe the assets of his two former minister sons, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav.
The two are alleged to have amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.
Sources told HT, the state government had directed the EOU to investigate the financial dealings and properties amassed by former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and his elder brother, erstwhile health minister Tej Pratap Yadav,.
“The investigations are expected to start within the next few days”, sources told HT.
If the charges are proved, the properties of the sons of RJD chief Lalu Prasad may be confiscated under the provisions of the Bihar Special Courts Act, 2009, as the two brothers are covered by the act as public servants.
Former forest secretary S S Verma was a senior IAS officer when his properties were seized under the act. Former director general of police Narayan Mishra and officers of health, commercial taxes and forest departments have also been book under this law, brought by CM Nitish Kumar to fight corruption by public servants.
The EOU’s investigation against family members of the RJD chief would be a further blow to Lalu, who is also facing reopened charges in fodder scam cases. It may also trigger another round of political spat between the RJD and JD (U).
The two parties, parners in the grand alliance government for the past 20 months, broke apart early last week when Nitish Kumar resigned as its chief minister, after RJD’s Tejashwi Prasad Yadav failed to ‘clear the air’ or resign as deputy CM, after being named in a CBI FIR as a beneficiary in the ‘land for railways hotels’ lease case.
Apart from Tejashwi, his father Lalu Prasad and mother Rabri Devi have been named in the CBI FIR in the case, which took place during RJD chief’s stint as railway minister.(2004-09).
The former deputy CM’s name came up after the state BJP leader Sushil Modi released papers to show how he was a major shareholder in the company promoting a mall in Patna described as “Bihar’s biggest mall” worth a few hundred crores.
The former deputy CM has, however, rubbished the charges as politically motivated and taken up at the behest of the BJP led NDA government at the Centre.
The ED has already questioned Yadav’s elder sister Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar for running shell companies and money laundering.
Bihar’s principal secretary, home, Amir Subhani said he would not comment on the report that the EOU had started investigations against the former deputy CM and his brother.
If charges are proved properties of the deposed deputy CM and others could be confiscated under the Bihar Special Courts Act, 2009 as they come under the act as public servants