Sushil Kumar Modi accuses Tej Pratap of corruption, BJP to hold dharna

Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday accused state health minister Tej Pratap Yadav of being illegally alloted a petrol pump here.

PTI| Last Updated: May 05, 2017, 18:16 PM IST

Patna: Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday accused state health minister Tej Pratap Yadav of being illegally alloted a petrol pump here.

Modi alleged that Tej Pratap, the son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, was allotted a petrol pump of Bharat Petroleum on New Bypass Road, near Beur here, in 2011 after fake documents were furnished in connivance with an official of the oil marketing company.

"Tej Pratap did not have 43 decimal of land on New Bypass Road in 2011 when he had appeared for an interview before the petrol pump," he said.

However, A K Infosystem pvt ltd on January 9, 2012, gave 136 decimal of land on lease at the same place for opening a petrol pump to Tej Pratap's younger brother and Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Modi alleged adding that as per the lease deed Tejashwi cannot "sub-let" the said land.

The application for petrol pump was made by Tej Pratap but the land was allotted to Tejashwi, he said.

"How can Tej Pratap be allotted a petrol pump when he had neither land nor the lease of the land in his name? The matter must be probed thoroughly. I will also request the Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to get the matter probed," the senior BJP leader said.

"I have been for the past one month exposing Lalu Prasad and his family's corrupt deals but neither the state government has initiated any probe or action into the matter nor Prasad denied allegations of corruption," the former Deputy Chief Minister said.

Modi, Opposition leader in the Legislative Council, announced that the party will also hold "dharnas" across the state and demand probe into the allegations against Lalu Prasad and his family for allegedly acquiring hundreds of crores of benami properties.

Reacting sharply to Modi's allegation, the RJD described the allegation as "half-baked" information that would expose him (Modi) in the future.

"A desperate Sushil Modiji is trying to invent illegality into matters which stand miles away. The land is on lease to Bharat Petroleum," RJD's national spokesman Manojh Jha said.

"He must realise that a little and half baked knowledge shall only expose him further as happened in case of his so-called soil scam allegation at zoo. And the referred pump is not even operational," Jha said.