Lalu's benami property case: IT raids 22 locations

Marsha Scott
May 17, 2017

This comes a week after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that Lalu, his daughter and MP Misa Bharti and his two sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav - who are ministers in the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government - were involved in corrupt land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore. "I will fight fascists till my last breath".

Last week, the Supreme Court revived the criminal conspiracy charges against Lalu Prasad in one of the five pending cases in the fodder scam, rejecting his plea that he can not be prosecuted twice for the same offence.

The RJD chief is already under scanner in the fodder scam case. Now, we have to bring together other parties with similar ideologies.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the BJP-led central government of practising "vendetta politics" against opposition leaders.

On the Centre not fulfilling its promise of giving Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar's development, he said that Nitish Kumar government was making such allegations to deflect people's attention to hide its failures.

While no Income Tax raids took place in Patna or any of the residences of RJD chief's family in Bihar, the official residence of Rabri Devi - 10, Circular Road, where Lalu stays with his two sons (both ministers), remained out of bounds for the mediamen.

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The reports quoted IT officials as saying that the raids were being conducted in the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others.

Senior RJD leader and former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the IT raids are part of the BJP's political vendetta against rivals. "I am not scared of the BJP letting loose the Government machinery on me", he wrote on the microblogging website Twitter.

BJP leader Sushil Modi told ANI, "We need good people working for good governance, not the people who are embroiled in controversies related to corruption".

Modi, who was deputy CM under Nitish Kumar when the JD (U) and BJP ran a coalition government in Bihar, demanded that the benami properties be seized.

Earlier, Modi had demanded a probe by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the connections between Lalu Prasad and his family with jailed businessmen brothers Surendra Jain and Virendra Jain. All the companies owned by Prasad's family members for the goal of these land transactions had no employees, no business activities and no turnover, the Union minister claimed.

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