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Patna lawyer files PIL seeking CBI inquiry in soil scam

Mani Bhushan Sengar, a Patna-based lawyer, has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Patna High Court, asking the court to transfer the soil scam case to CBI. It may be recalled that the case involves RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s eldest son and Forest and Environment Minister Tej Pratap Yadav. Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh is also among the people accused in the scam.

The case pertains to the purchase of land from a mall site by Patna zoo. The cost of Rs 90 lakh was shown as an expense for the beautification of the zoo and the funds were sourced from the corpus of Bihar Wildlife Conservation Fund. Sengar said that this was illegal since funds from the wildlife conservation fund can only be used for conservation of wildlife and not for beautification.

“The purchase of the soil by the Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Park to the tune of Rs 90 lakh is illegal and baseless. The soil was purchased by the Patna zoo from the upcoming mall site, which is co-owned by Tej Pratap Yadav. Anjani Kumar Singh is Chairman of Bihar Wildlife Conservation Fund and therefore also responsible for the scam. Therefore I have sought a CBI or judicial probe in the scam,” said Mani Bhushan Sengar.

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