Lalu acquired land plots for giving plum jobs: BJP

PATNA, Aug 20: In yet another disclosure, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said that Mr Prasad had acquired land plots for extending undue favours to aspirants of plum jobs.

Buttressing his claims with documentary evidences, Mr Modi told newspersons here that Mr Prasad had acquired land plots worth crores of rupees from an aspirant to the post of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) chairman and also secured a berth in the State Legislative Council from the Governor`s quota for a person who had facilitated in fixing the land deal.

He said Mr Prasad had applied various options like use of sham companies and power of attorney provision, gifts and direct transfer to acquire land plots from others. Mr Modi said Mr Yadav had applied various tricks with an intention to hide his misdeeds. He said even Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi would be put to shame if he would know how Mr Prasad had created benami properties through various ways.

Mr Modi said RJD Chief had acquired two land plots measuring 6,726 square feet near Saguna roundabout in the State capital during 1993-94 from one Ramashraya Prasad Yadav, aspiring for the post of BPSC chairman. He said Mr Prasad had used one Mohammed Shamim and his wife Sofia Tabassum as conduits for the purpose of transfer to land plot to his name. Mr Modi said that Mr Yadav`s children Seema Yadav and Sanjay Yadav had got land plots registered in names of husband-wife duo.

Later, Mohammed Shamim and his wife Sofia had virtually handed over land plots to Mr Prasad`s wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi on May 13, 2005 through power of attorney.

Mr Modi said Mr Shamim was nominated to Bihar Legislative Council from the Governor quota in 1998 in lieu of his service extended for fixing the land deal. He said Mr Shamim was member of the upper house of the state legislature for two years. Deputy Chief Minister Mr Modi said that Mr Prasad`s wife Rabri Devi was now the custodian of both land plots.

He said according to power of attorney provisions, it had been clearly mentioned that Rabri Devi would take care of both land plots and could also collect rent by hiring both plots. “It is intriguing why a former Chief Minister should be custodian of somebody`s else land plots,” he added.

Mr Modi said one Rakesh Ranjan who had served as treasurer of RJD and was also an MLC for a long period had signed as a witness in power of attorney papers. He said that the matter was related to 2005 when the tenure of Rabri Devi as Chief Minister had ended only a few days back.

Mr Modi said that Rabri Devi had mentioned about these land plots as her properties in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission despite the fact that she was given the power of attorney only and plots were not registered in her name. He said RJD Chief Mr Prasad should be awarded for his ingenious methods to acquire land plots from others.

Mr Modi said that even Income Tax authorities would be at their wits end to assess how much black money Mr Prasad had amassed through these methods. (UNI)



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