When it comes to Land Deals, Lalu is the Guru of Robert Vadra: Sushil Modi

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

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Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, unveiled yet another money scandal involving Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members – this time accusing his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi of acquiring six kattahs of land in exchange for the top post in the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) for one person and a place in the Bihar Legislative Council for another.

"The amount of trouble they went to hide their illegal deals will even put Robert Vadra (husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi) to shame. It seems Lalu has become the teacher of Vadra," Modi said.

Alleging the Yadav clan acquired six kattahs of land from Ramashray Prasad Yadav after he was made the chairperson of the BPSC in 1993-94, the Deputy Chief Minister said that to keep the deal under the Income Tax radar, Lalu Prasad Yadav got the land transferred in the name of one Mohammed Shamim and his wife Sofia Tabassum. The two sat on the property until 2005 when they made Rabri Devi, the then Chief Minister of Bihar, the 'caretaker' of the land through a power of attorney.

Once the power of attorney was handed over to Rabri Devi, Mohammed Shamim was nominated for the Bihar Legislative Council from the Governor's quota, he said.

"It is interesting that usually it's the Chief Ministers who give power of attorney to someone they know and trust to take care of their properties. This is the first time we are hearing that other people are giving such power to the Chief Minister of Bihar as if they are some sort of 'chowkidars' (guards)," Modi said.

It may be recalled that after being made the chairperson of the BPSC, Ramashray Prasad Yadav was forcibly removed from his post on charges of corruption by the Governor of Bihar.

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