BJP demands lalu’s removal, probe into sting

August 12th, 2008 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to order an inquiry and remove Railways Minister Lalu Prasad after a television news channel purportedly showed him misusing his official position to acquire land for his family and relatives. “Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh doesn’t have the capability to remove Lalu Prasad, we still demand a thorough inquiry and resignation of the railways minister,” BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

“At least, he should be removed from the ministry till the inquiry is completed. Criminal cases should be registered immediately,” he added.

According to the channel IBN7, which conducted the sting operation over a year, Lalu Prasad misused his official position to help his relatives acquire land.

The channel said its investigation showed that Lalu Prasad had bought land worth several million rupees for his relatives from those who aspired for jobs in the railways.

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