Bihar Deputy Chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday refuted allegations that Gurugram’s Urban Cube mall is owned by him or his family members. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader also said that he is not the owner of the mall but it is owned by Haryana resident Krishna Kumar.
Speaking to the media outside the Bihar Assembly after the floor test, Tejashwi Yadav said, “Several media houses ran the story of CBI searches at a mall owned by Tejashwi Yadav in Gurugram. I have come here with the documents of the mall and the mall belongs to Krishna Kumar, a resident of Haryana’s Bhiwani.”
He said that the BJP was trying to defame him and his party. They are trying to publicise it by projecting it as my property, he alleged. “This was being done to defame the image of Tejashwi Yadav and RJD,” he said. “I enquired about the project and it was found that this project does not belong to me or my family,” he said.
He also said that the actual name of the company is WhiteLand which owns the Urban Cube, which is located in Sector 71 of Gurugram.
Yadav’s remarks came following CBI searches at over 25 locations in Gurugram, Bihar’s Madhubani, Katihar and Patna linked to party MPs and MLCs in connection with the job for land scam registered by the agency.
CBI sources, earlier in the day, said that the agency had searched the premises of Urban Cube, which allegedly belonged to Tejashwi Yadav, his family members and associates.
The CBI registered a case on May 18 this year against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, his two daughters Misa Bharti and Hema Yadav, and unknown public servants and private persons.
The CBI FIR stated that Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was the railway minister during the period 2004-2009 had obtained pecuniary advantages in the form of transfer of land property in the name of his family members etc in lieu of the appointment of substitutes in Group ‘D’ posts in different Zones of Railways.
The CBI had earlier on July 27 arrested RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s former OSD Bhola Yadav and Hridyanand Choudhary, who worked as substitute employees of the railways, in connection with the case.
Earlier on May 20, the CBI had carried out searches at 16 locations in Bihar’s Patna, Gopalganj and Delhi on the premises of Lalu Prasad and his family members.