ED seizes Lalu’s under-construction mall

The BJP alleged that the mall was being built on benami property acquired by Lalu and his family without getting clearance from the government.

The Enforcement Directorate has reportedly seized an under-construction mall, which was being built by the family of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.

This comes more than a year after the central government had issued a notice to Bihar government, asking the authorities to stop the construction work, which was alleged to be part of benami property acquired by Lalu and his family.

“There were attacks earlier as well there is nothing new in it, the matter will be clear once it is in the court,” said Yadav.

The matter first came into light last year in May when senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi accused the RJD supremo and family of corruption and Anonymous Property

The BJP alleged that the mall was being built on benami property acquired by Lalu and benami property his family without getting clearance from the government.

Lalu’s son and RJD leaders Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav, who were then ministers in the State Cabinet allegedly misused their positions for the construction of the mall and holding undeclared property.

At present, this land is named after Lalu Prasad’s wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi and both of them sons named Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav.

According to ED sources, the two sons of Lalu Prasad were building Bihar’s biggest mall at a cost of 750 million rupees, with praiseworthy prowess and the sons of Lalu Prasad on this land. Lalu Prasad was accused of taking three acres on Bailey Road in lieu of a long lease to Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochar for two heritage hotels in Ranchi and Puri, railway. After which the ED had seized interim on December 9 last. Now the decision of the court will decide the fate of this piece of land.

The mall, which is being constructed in Danapur area near Patna, is valued at almost Rs 200 crore. The land on which the mall is being constructed was owned up by Lalu in April 2017. He had claimed that there was nothing illegal in the construction of the mall.

In December 2017, the Enforcement Directorate had seized a three-acre plot of land, worth Rs 45 crore, in Patna, belonging to Lalu and family.

The ED has been probing financial irregularities in a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Lalu Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav and other family members.