Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today sought Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s intervention to stop the construction work of a mall being constructed by deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav allegedly without obtaining environmental clearance. “When the issue of Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s mall was reported in the media, the construction company (Meridian Construction (India) Ltd) submitted an application to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority for obtaining environmental clearance for the project, whereas construction work had started a year ago,” Sushil Modi said. RJD MLA Abu Dojana’s firm Meridian Construction (India) Ltd is constructing the mall at Saguna Mor here on two acres.
The BJP leader said the state environment authority does not have the courage to take action against Tejashwi or his brother and state health minister Tej Pratap Yadav, both sons of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, for alleged violation of environmental norms while constructing the mall. Sushil Modi urged “the CM to intervene into the matter and stop the construction, besides lodging an FIR in this regard.” The BJP leader has been alleging that Prasad and his family members have got prime plots of land transferred in their names through shell companies.
This includes the two acre plot near Saguna Mor where Bihar’s biggest mall spread on 7.66 lakh sq ft is coming up, he claimed. On April 7, Sushil Modi had made an expose claiming Lalu Prasad’s family got benami properties of two acres of prime land at Saguna Mor through a shell company (Delight Marketing Company Pvt Ltd), later re-christened LARA Projects Pvt Ltd, in which Rabri Devi, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap were made directors.
Commenting on the allegations, JD(U) general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Ramchandra Prasad Singh today said “It is the responsibility of the person who makes allegations and the person against whom allegations have been levelled.” Singh, accompanied by party spokesman and MLC Sanjay Singh, had convened a media interaction on the occasion of Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) women’s cell president Shanti Singh joining JD(U) with her supporters.