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Have land but pay tax: Giriraj

Patna: Union minister Giriraj Singh admitted on Friday that he was in possession of land at Danapur over which a land-grab FIR has been filed against him and 32 others, but said he possessed all relevant documents for the plot on which he has been paying tax to the government since 1961.

Giriraj, who is the BJP MP from Nawada, brushed aside allegations levelled by Ram Narayan Prasad of Ashopur village in Danapur, that he had forcibly grabbed the land belonging to his Scheduled Caste family. The minister said he had purchased two cottahs and five dhurs (approximately 2.25 cottahs) of land there and had been paying tax to the government for the past 57 years. "I possess the registered deed of the said plot," Giriraj told The Telegraph over phone.

"The issue is being blown out of proportion. There is nothing wrong (illegal) in the matter. The details of the land can be viewed on the website of the department concerned," he said.

Giriraj accused leader of Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav of trying to "mislead" the people by furnishing wrong information. "I own only two cottahs and five dhurs and not two acres as claimed by Tejashwi," said Giriraj, the Union minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises.

On February 2, an FIR was lodged with the Danapur police station against Giriraj and 32 others on the directive of the special SC/ST court. The complainant, Ram Narayan, had alleged that Giriraj and others conspired to forcibly grab his two acres and 56 dismal of land.

Apart from under-construction apartments, the gate of a public school has reportedly been built on the land.

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