Old age home to come up on land seized from Lalu


The Bihar Government has conceived a plan to open an old age home on 110 katha of land in Patna once the land comes under its possession. On this land near Saguna More close to Danapur, Bihar’s biggest shopping Mall was under construction but this property in the name of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and his family members is under the scrutiny of Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate.

This and other properties directly or indirectly in the name of Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, sons Tejashwi Prasad and Tej Pratap and daughters from Patna to Delhi and worth Rs 175 crore had already been attached provisionally and final seizure with certain legal formalities is likely to be completed soon. Some of the assets are in the name of certain companies which have Lalu’s kin as directors on their board.

Highly placed sources in the Government said that there were many proposals to open either educational institutions or hospital but Chief Minister Nitish Kumar personally favoured opening of an old age home which does not exist anywhere in Bihar. On certain seized houses of Government servants schools have been opened.

Recently the I-T and ED departments attached certain big properties, both named and benami, of Lalu and his family members in Delhi including farm houses. The CBI had summoned both Lalu and Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi for questioning in connection with the auction of two hotels of IRCTC and receiving land in lieu from the parties on Monday and Tuesday but none of them went to Delhi for their physical presence before the Central agency. CBI sources said fresh summons would be issued to them.

Highly upset and visibly angry over the moves of the Central agencies and calling their actions out of political vendetta, Lalu and his younger son Tejashwi, who till recently was Deputy CM, are spitting venom against Nitish and said they would not rest till their friend-turned-foe was not arrested and jailed. On the other hand the I-T is contemplating to grill Rabri and her daughter Hema Yadav in connection with plots in their names in Phulwarisharif and Danapur. Lalu’s two servants Hridyanand Choudhry and Laln Choudhary had “gifted” these expensive lands to Rabri and Hema. Earlier last fortnight Rabri and Tejashwi had been questioned by the I-T.

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said, “Lalu’s misdeeds are nearing the logical conclusion. The RJD chief forcibly got transferred precious land in the name of his family members from politicians and big contractors for favour and accumulated assets. Now these properties are under scanner of I-T. If Lalu had any reply in support of these assets it would not have been attached. With no convincing reply he is abusing his political opponents.”

JD(U) spokesman Snjay Singh said, “The seizure of huge ill-gotten properties has made Lalu highly upset and now he is threatening the JD(U) spokesmen.”



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