Patna: A day after the Income Tax Department ordered confiscation of the properties of Misa Bharti, the daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, the IT department on Tuesday charged other members of the Lalu family with similar wrongdoing involving acquisition of lands and buildings under fake names to avoid paying tax and indulging in money-laundering activities.
Though both Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav have denied any irregularity in the acquisition of properties that have a combined market value of Rs. 1000 crore or more, the IT department filed charges against Tejaswi Yadav, his mother and former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi, RJD MP and daughter of Lalu and Rabri Devi Misa Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar, and Lalu and Rabri Devi's other two daughters Chanda and Ragini Yadav.
All have been charged with acquiring properties under false names of individuals or companies, or what is known as 'Benami' properties in the political parlance.
Officials said the IT department had served notices of attachment of their assets if they refused to respond to the summon within 90 days. The notice served to Rabri Devi asks for explanation of the acquisition of properties valued at Rs. 175 crore, sources said adding among Rabri Devi. Tejaswi Yadav, Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar, Ragini and Chand, the family owns 12 lands in Patna and Delhi.
Among the properties that are owned by the Lalu-Rabri family are posh bungalows and farm houses in Delhi and its surrounding areas and expensive plots in Patna being kept for the development of a mall.
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.
"This is nothing but a witch-hunt against me and my family by the corrupt Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, I am neither afraid nor worried about these allegations that are completely baseless and we will prevail in the court of law," Yadav said adding he would continue to fight against the 'fascist' force, read the BJP, until his entire family is vindicated.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS