In a major blow to former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader, Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Union Environment ministry has ordered the construction work of a mall being built in Patna by a company, in which RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi is a director, be stopped, reported news agency PTI on Friday night. The news was confirmed by senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister of state, Sushil Kumar Modi who told the agency that construction of the mall at Saguna Mor was stopped as it is “being built without obtaining environmental clearance”.
He claimed that in an order dated May 15, the ministry had said, “The project required prior environmental clearance and it is now a case of violation of Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, as the work at the site has been undertaken without obtaining prior environmental clearance.” “In view of above you are directed to stop the work on site with immediate effect and furnish a report in the matter to the ministry in three weeks time,” he read out from the copy of the order “issued” by the ministry, as reported by the agency.
Sushil also distributed a copy of the order to media persons. “This shows the type of ‘sushashan’ (good governance) prevailing in the state,” he said and dared Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to “intervene into the illegal construction of the mall and stop the construction work, seal the project and seize the benami property”. Earlier on 7th April, Sushil Modi had alleged that Lalu Prasad’s family got benami properties of two acres of prime land at Saguna Mor through a shell company named Delight Marketing Company Pvt Ltd which was later re-christened LARA Projects Pvt Ltd in which Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi are directors.
However, Lalu has denied any financial irregularities by saying, “Every detail of moveable and immoveable properties of mine as well my family members are in the public domain and with the competent authorities like Income Tax department and the Election Commission, and anybody can see them on the internet,” he said while denying any financial wrongdoings.”