Petrol Pump Licence: BPCL Sends Notice To Lalu’s Son


New Delhi: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) issued a show cause notice to Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav on Wednesday in connection to the alleged illegal acquisition of a petrol pump by him.

The oil corp has sought Tej Pratap’s explanation on how he acquired the licence for the petrol pump and has asked him to reply within 15 days. The notice signed by BPCL Territory Manager (Retail), Patna, Manish Kumar followed a complaint that Yadav had acquired the petrol pump at Patna’s busy Anisabad bypass road on the basis of “wrong” information furnished by him.

“On the date of submission of the application for the retail outlet (12.1.2012) you were neither the shareholder nor the director of the said M/s A K Infosystem which never entered into any lease with you ( Tej Pratap ),” the complaint said.

The notice is reportedly connected to senior BJP leader Sushil Modi’s allegations that the petrol pump had been fraudulently allotted to Tej Pratap during the UPA-II regime. Modi had alleged that Tej Pratap did not have the stipulated 43 decimal of land for setting up the petrol pump at the time of applying for it. He added that it was in the year 2012, when beer-manufacturing baron Amit Katyal, managing director of the firm A K Infosystem Pvt Ltd leased out around 136 decimal of land to Lalu’s younger son and current Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav for setting up a petrol pump.

“If the application for setting up the petrol pump was made by Tej Pratap, then why did A K Infosystem gave 136 decimal of land to Tejashwi for setting up petrol pump at the same place? Besides, the fundamental question here is that on what grounds the application for petrol pump was sanctioned, when Tej Pratap did not even have land for the same,” Modi had charged.

At the time, Modi had said he would request union minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan to conduct a probe on the alleged irregularities in the allotment of petrol pump to Tej Pratap and claimed that he has documentary proofs for the same.
Tej Pratap is RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s eldest son and was appointed health minister in the Bihar cabinet after winning from Mahua constituency in the 2015 state assembly election.