Sushil Modi Presents More Damaging Evidence against the Lalu Family

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi holding a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Continuing to expose the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) family for being the biggest landlord in the state of Bihar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday made documents available to public that contains information about former RJD legislator Mohammed Shamim and his wife Sofia Tabassum giving away two of their high-priced properties in Danapur to Lalu and Rabri's two sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav.

Waving a will apparently prepared by Shamim and his wife, the RJD supporters name former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and his elder brother and former Health Minister the owners of their two properties after their death.

"The two brothers are like my own nephews and we are very pleased with their services. As a reward, I am naming them the owners of the two properties in Danapur following our death. In the event something happens to Tej Pratap and Tejaswi, the properties will go their sons," the will of Shamim read.

The will was prepared on May 12, 2005, the same day Shamim and his wife gave power of attorney to former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi, the mother of Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav Rabri Devi, to take care of the properties.

"Until we are alive, these properties would be managed by Mrs. Rabri Devi. After our death, her two sons will be the legal owners of them," the will read.

Taking a dig at the RJD family, Modi said that in 2005, the two sons of Lalu and Rabri would be around 15 or 16 years old and the two served Shamim and his wife so well that they just gifted away their properties worth several crore to them as rewards.

"It is clear that the land was handed over to the RJD family as a price for getting a seat in the Bihar Legislative Council. What is even more implausible is the fact that Shamim and his wife have three sons of their own and yet, instead of bequeathing the properties to them, they chose Lalu's sons to inherit them," the BJP leader said.

The RJD chief, who has been accused by the BJP of being the kingpin of the land mafia in Bihar, has denied all accusations saying the power of attorney was given to his wife in good faith and no other meanings should be attached to it.

Meanwhile, reacting to Modi's allegations, Shamim denied any wrongdoing saying he became an MLC in 1998 and his term ended in 2004.

"Lalu Prasad Yadav bought the land from me in 2005 so where is this accusation of quid pro quo coming from? I had purchased those two plots at the cost of Rs. 60,000 each which I sold to Rabri Devi for a price of Rs. 1 lakh each. I was paid by a check and I have evidence to prove it. At the time, Rabri Devi did not get the land registered in her name and instead I gave her the power of attorney for their upkeep. As for leaving the properties to the two sons of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi in the event of our death, it is a common practice for the purchaser to ask for such a will when power of attorney is involved. That is why we made Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav the owners of the properties after our death," Shamim said.

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