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Bihar Chief Secretary Orders Probe Into Alleged Soil Scam Involving Lalu

As the work began on the plot to build the mall, a lot of soil was dug out of the plot which was deemed surplus. This was allegedly sold to Patna Zoo where some construction work was under way for Rs 90 lakh, that too without tender.

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Updated:April 6, 2017, 5:02 PM IST
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Bihar Chief Secretary Orders Probe Into Alleged Soil Scam Involving Lalu
File Photo of RJD chief Lalu Prasad

Patna: The Bihar Chief Secretary on Thursday ordered a probe into alleged soil scam involving Lalu Prasad and his son Tej Pratap Yadav, Who is also the state environment and forest minister.

According to reports, soil from a land owned by Lalu's family was sold to the Forest Department of the Bihar government, that too circumventing the tender process.

Lalu’s family holds a big piece of land on the outskirt of Patna where a mall is being constructed by a private builder who also happens to be a RJD MLA.

Tej Pratap and his younger brother Tejaswi Yadav, who is also the deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, are directors of company which holds the land.

As the work began on the plot to build the mall, a lot of soil was dug out of the plot which was deemed surplus. This was allegedly sold to Patna Zoo where some construction work was under way for Rs 90 lakh, that too without tender.

Patna Zoo falls under the Bihar Forest Department.

The state opposition has already latched onto this issue. Sushil Modi, state BJP leader, said, “How can soil of one’s private land be sold to a department where a family member is a minister? A Rs 90 lakh deal was made, that too without floating any tender.”

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| Edited by: Nakshab Khan
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