Land grabbing case: BJP Minister among 33 named
New Delhi: At a time when leaders of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) are facing the heat of investigating agencies for their involvement in alleged land grab scams, which were highlighted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi, the fresh case of land grabbing against senior party leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh has brought an embarrassment for the party.
The FIR against Singh and 32 others was lodged on February 2 in the matter of grabbing land belonging to a Dalit in his native state.
According to the FIR, a copy of which is with Millennium Post, the Union Minister has been booked on the direction of a Special SC&ST court where the complainant had filed an application under Section 156(3) of CrPC seeking directions to police for registering a case against the accused.
Singh, BJP MP from Nawada, is Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
According to the FIR, the complainant, Ram Narain Prasad, a resident of Asopur village, alleged that the accused grabbed a land measuring two acres and six decimal that he owned. The complainant has also claimed that he was abused on protesting their action.
Meanwhile, the BJP has come out in defence of Giriraj Singh saying that the Union Minister has not done anything wrong. Accusing opposition parties of framing Singh, Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai said, "The charges of land grabbing are the result of a political vendetta against Singh as he is not having any plot measuring in acres."
"All the allegations made in the FIR are politically motivated and completely baseless. Singh has a small plot measuring three or four kathas only," Rai said, adding that the background of Singh is so sound that he can purchase such a piece of land of his own. The registration of the land grab case prompted Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, to demand the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the BJP was an ally of his party JD(U). "Nitish Kumar ji, don't hesitate. Speak up, awaken your inner voice and morality and rush to the Governor's House with your letter of resignation. Your dearest friend Giriraj Singh has grabbed three acres of land belonging to Dalits", Yadav said in a tweet.