The Income Tax department today conducted raids across 22 locations in and around Delhi-NCR region trying to unearth benami land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
He fancies himself as the king of a Mahagatbandhan when in fact Lalu Prasad Yadav is actually a Chanakya for Maha-Ghotala-Deals or corrupt and shady deals.
Corrupt to the core, Lalu stole money in the name of cows and buffaloes a few year back. And he wants to choose the next President of India. What an irony.
Now the Chanakya is back with his shady real estate deals through his children.
And his children seem to have inherited the corrupt genes of their father acquiring property through benami deals and front companies.
The Income Tax department today conducted raids across 22 locations in and around Delhi-NCR region trying to unearth benami land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his children, some of whom are ministers in the Bihar government headed by the so-called Mr Clean who goes by the name of Nitish Kumar.
If Lalu is found guilty, he should not be spared. Such political leaders are a blot on Indian democracy.
The raids were conducted in Delhi, Gurgaon and Rewari.
The raids targeted several prominent businessmen and real estate agents who facilitated shady deals for Lalu. The I-T sleuths also raided the premises of the son of RJD MP P C Gupta and few other businessmen.
“People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched. There are allegations of benami deals worth about Rs 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” PTI quoted a senior official.
A team of about 100 tax department officials and police personnel are conducting the raids, they said.
The raids were conducted just days after TV channels exposed how Lalu Prasad and his children — Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav and Misa Bharti — had acquitted property through benami deals or through front companies.
According to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP, failed to disclosed many high value assets in her election affidavit and demanded the Election Commission to take action against her. He said the land deals dated back to the time when Lalu Prasad was the Union Railway Minister in the UPA government.
He also wondered whether Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would invoke the special law enacted by his government in which assets acquired through illicit means are confiscated.
In his response Nitish said that the BJP should move to court and substantiate their allegations with proof. “This is not an issue that falls in the domain of the state government nor in the company law of Bihar. If the BJP has documents, then it should take legal recourse to prove their accusations,” Nitish said.
Mr Nitish, the game for honesty is not passing the buck, it is to remain high above the watermarks of controversy.
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