Income Tax Department Slaps Benami Transaction Charges Against Lalu Yadav's Family

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

Earlier this month, Misa Bharti and her husband had skipped the IT department summons twice.

Misa joined the probe a day after I-T department on Tuesday slapped charges under the stringent Benami Transactions Act in an alleged money laundering case against his wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

The I-T department had conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs 1,000 crore by Lalu's family.

India's Income Tax department has charged family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's wife, including his wife, son and daughters for holding benami assets and for tax evasion.

The IT department said it has attached farmhouses, land and buildings in Delhi and Patna, including plots in the Bihar capital where a mall was to be built.

Official sources said they are expected to be summoned again before more assets in this case are attached similarly. Furnishing relevant documents, Mr Modi claimed there were around 18 flats and parking slots in Patna owned by the former Bihar CM.

The summons had been issued by the I-T department just days after Bharti's chartered accountant, Rajesh Agrawal, was detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in connection with a Rs8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political party members.

Citing the example of RJD MP Misa Bharti, the statement said, "The news that Bharti has been fined Rs 10,000 for not appearing before the I-T Department is baseless".

Ms Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar are being probed over allegations that they acquired benami or proxy ownership of land at throwaway rates. Benami properties are those purchased in others name to hide who really owns it. "I am willing to answer if I am summoned", he said.

The RJD chief, who remains out on bail for his conviction in the multi-crore rupees fodder scam in Bihar during his tenure as the state's Chief Minister in the '90s, denied charges of using political influence to acquire properties on dirt-cheap prices under various fake names, including in the name of one of Yadav's servant in Saran district.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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