Petrol outlet owned by Lalu’s son sealed

first_imgA petrol outlet owned by Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav in Patna was sealed on Friday by the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), allegedly for “irregularities in acquiring land for the pump”. The opposition BJP has demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar immediately sack the Minister from the Cabinet.On May 29, BPCL had served a show cause notice to the Minister following allegations by senior State BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi that Mr. Yadav had furnished false information in his application to acquire the petrol pump in the Beur area of Patna district. The BJP leader had charged that Mr. Yadav had falsely declared that the land was in his name.Though Mr. Yadav had applied for the license for the petrol pump in 2012, on February 27 this year, the retail outlet was commissioned to M/S Lara Automobiles, represented by him as proprietor. ‘Lara’ is an abbreviation for Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi, Mr. Yadav’s parents. Court vacates stayThe sealing of the outlet comes a day after the BPCL terminated its license. Earlier on Wednesday, a local court in Patna lifted the stay on BPCL’s termination order. In April this year, Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi had alleged that Mr. Tej Pratap, who is also the Bihar Minister for Environment and Forests, had ‘bought soil’ for beautification of Patna zoo from an under construction shopping mall, owned by his younger brother and State’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. Officials of the Environment and Forest department later denied that there was any “wrongdoing” in the soil dug from the mall being transported to the zoo.last_img