- Raids at 22 Places Over Rs 1,000-cr Benami Deals -Lalu
The-16-05-17 Income Tax department, on 16 May, conducted raids and surveys on at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas on charges of alleged benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and others.
Officials said the department began raiding the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others since early morning. Searches are also being conducted at the premises of the son of RJD MP PC Gupta and few other businessmen.
Raids are being conducted at a dozen locations and ten other official premises are being surveyed by the I-T department,The BJP had, last week, accused Prasad, his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi.
Politics of Lalu Has Become Politics of Loot’
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that these transactions were a case of “quid pro quo” as they date back to the period when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister, and dared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take action against him.Lalu’s RJD is a constituent of Bihar’s ruling coalition led by Kumar. His sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav are ministers in the government. Prasad alleged that Lalu’s family members floated firms using the address of the RJD chief’s official residence.Several suspect land deals took place in Bihar, he said, wondering if Kumar would invoke a special law enacted by his government in which assets acquired through illicit money are confiscated in this instance.