More skeletons have tumbled out from a closet in Bihar
Patna: Some new facts have come to light in the Bihar land case which involves former chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad Yadav . This has given a new twist to the story and more fodder to the opposition.
The pressure on chief minister Nitish Kumar has increased in the light of these reports to order a detailed inquiry by an independent agency. Since the order may embitter his relationship with Lalu further and may create a political crisis in the state, he has been keeping mum.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition, is enjoying the situation most. The party had lost the assembly elections held two years ago primarily because Lalu who had fallen out of grace of Nitish had joined hands with him which was termed as " opportunistic" by their critics.
The new disclosure made is that the land in question was possessed by three owners of a starred hotel here which was sold to wife of a Lalu's party MP Prem Gupta in 2008. The sale deed was signed just two months before the hotel was awarded contracts to run two hotels in Ranchi, capital of the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, for the railways.
Lalu and his men call it a coincidence. But if it was a coincidence it was not the only coincidence. Lalu happened to be minister for railways then.
The needle of suspicion is pointed towards Lalu and his family also because the same land was later sold to his family members on which the largest mall in Bihar is being built in partnership with a real estate developer, who is also a member of his RJD party.
The company which had purchased the land from the hoteliers and transferred it later to Lalu's family members had appointed his two sons and a daughter as directors. The appointment was made a year before the assembly elections in the state.
Some time later Lalu's wife, Rabri Devi, was also appointed a director. Another suspicious move: name of the company was changed twice in a short time.
It calls for a proper investigation because Lalu says that his sons who are ministers now had mentioned that they were directors in a company in the affidavits filed to the Election Commission before the assembly elections but independent inquiry made by some journalists has found it to be untrue.