'Street plays' will prove suicidal for Lalu: Nitish


Lalu also wondered why FIRs were not registered against Nitish Kumar, Sushil Kumar Modi, Ashwini Choubey (Union minister) and others in the scam, which is nothing short of a "maha ghotala".

The Income Tax department has reportedly seized almost a dozen properties worth around Rs165 crore belonging to the family of Rashtriya Janata Party chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav in Delhi and Bihar. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief is learnt to have told the premier investigation agency that he needs more time to appear before it as he is "busy" defending himself in the ongoing trial against him in the fodder scam cases in which he had been convicted.

According to sources, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi could face heat for the same.

The RJD chief was accompanied by senior vice president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, his two sons - Tejashwi and Tej Pratap - and other senior leaders of the party. "But we will not sit silent and have chose to intensify the agitation to expose their involvement in the scam before 11 crore people of Bihar", the RJD leader said.

In June, the department had filed a case against several members of the family.

Calling Nitish Kumar as a "Bhishma Pitamah" of moral corruption for breaking the grand alliance with RJD-Congress and joining hands and forming the new government in alliance with BJP.

"The investigation on the Srijan Scam by the CBI should be done under the supervision of a judge of the Supreme Court".

"Why did Nitish Kumar hide the issue of cheque bouncing for 27 days", Yadav was quoted by Press Trust of India.

He also accused the Bihar Chief Minister to be the biggest socially corrupt leader in the country. The case pertains to diversion of government funds of worth about Rs 1,000 crore to accounts of NGO Srijan Mahila Vikash Samilti.

In an interaction with the media here on Monday, Nitish said, "No one had any idea about Srijan scam".

Lalu and Tejaswi had been summoned by CBI to appear for interrogation on Monday and Tuesday in connection with the railways' hotel-for-land scam, but the father-son duo stayed away, seeking another date. The organisation allegedly used the money personally provided for the welfare of the people. The RJD chief was the railway minister in 2006.