Patna: PIL filed in High Court seeking CBI probe in soil scam

The lawyer, who filed the PIL in the soil scam, alleged that the money used to buy the soil was from the corpus of Bihar Wildlife Conservation Fund.

A public interest litigation was filed in the Patna High Court on Friday, seeking a CBI probe into the soil scam involving RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad's eldest son and Forest and Environment Minister Tej Pratap Yadav.

According to Mani Bhushan Sengar, the lawyer who filed the PIL, Tej Pratap Yadav and Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh are both party in the case.

Speaking to India Today after filing the PIL, petitioner said that Patna zoo purchased the land from the mall site and later claimed that the exercise was undertaken for the beautification of the zoo. Petitioner also alleged that the Rs 90 lakh used to buy the soil was from the corpus of Bihar Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Mani Bhushan said that the interest amount available in the corpus to the tune of Rs 334 crore of Bihar Wildlife Conservation Fund could only be spent for conservation of wildlife and not beautification. It may be noted that the Chairman of the Bihar Wildlife Conservation Fund is the Chief Secretary of the Bihar government, in this case Anjani Kumar Singh and PIL maintains that the onus also lies on him for the scam.

"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.

The case has been listed for hearing next week.

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