After coming under the Income Tax radar, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashvi Yadav on Tuesday rejected any wrongdoing by his family and stressed that rumours being spread are part of a political conspiracy and vendetta.
Yadav made the statement after the income tax department on Tuesday released a list of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's relatives' seized Benami properties. Tejashvi Yadav is son of the RJD chief.
Without naming Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi, Yadav said that "an insignificant person levels false allegations against our family to malign us and you (media) seek clarification, then why should we react".
In the recent past, Modi has levelled a slew of corruption charges against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and others.
"First it was reported that Misa Bharti was fined Rs 10,000 as penalty by the IT department. Then it was reported that Bharti was again penalised Rs. 20,000. I fail to understand what type of news is being reported in the media. If any news channel or newspaper has some proof, then they must show the said notices, or else those organisations should tender apology who had reported 'false' news," said Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister.
Lalu's son further said they were ready to explain their side to the appropriate authority, but wanted to know who the real authority is.
Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar Modi has alleged that former chief minister Rabri Devi owns more than 18 flats and 18 parking spaces in Patna.
"The land on which the complex has been built was bought by Rabri Devi when she was the Railway Minister. For all those whom she provided jobs, higher education and other needs, she (Rabri) had taken a bribe and bought this land which is worth more than Rs. 18 crores. She owns more than 18 flats and 18 parking spaces in Patna alone. There is also another area which is under the name 'Sherya Construction' it was bought in 2011 and another complex which is on 'Ranjan Path- which consist of 10 flats in the name Marachhiya Devi (mother of Lalu)," he told ANI.