Charges of Money Laundering Filed against Misa, Husband

RJD leader Misa Bharti (file photo).

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Patna: In yet another setback for the Lalu Prasad Yadav's political and business empire, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday filed charges against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in a money laundering case involving illegal sale and purchase of properties valued at several hundred crores.

Patna: In yet another setback for the Lalu Prasad Yadav's political and business empire, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday filed charges against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in a money laundering case involving illegal sale and purchase of properties valued at several hundred crores.

The charges were filed by ED attorney Nitesh Rana in the court of Special Judge N K Malhotra in New Delhi.

The ED, a few months ago, had attached a south Delhi farmhouse owned by Bharti and her husband under the name of Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Mishail is the combination of Misa and Shailesh. The company was allegedly created to divert money from illegal sources to avoid detection by the Income Tax department.

As reported, Bharti's father and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted for the second time by a CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday in connection with the withdrawal of Rs. 85 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury while he was the Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Bihar between 1991 and 1994.

Yadav's wife and former Bihar Chief Minister and his son and former Deputy Chief Minister in the Grand Alliance in Bihar Tejaswi Yadav are also being investigated in similar money-laundering schemes involving transfer of properties in Patna, Delhi and other places to the tune of over Rs. 1000 crore by some estimate.

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