New Delhi, May 16, 2017: The Income-Tax department on Tuesday are looking into Benami land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore allegedly involving Rashtriya Janata Dal chief and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The agency conducted raids and surveys at 22 locations in Delhi and Gurugram.
The searches come after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had accused Lalu, his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals.
Last week while addressing a press conference at party headquarters, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded the Central Government to probe the alleged land deals. He alleged that Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP, failed to disclosed these assets in her election affidavit and demanded the Election Commission to take action against her.
The union minister also said that the land deals dated back to the period when Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister in the UPA government.
He also dared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take action against him.
Earlier today, the CBI conducted a raid at Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram’s houses. A team of CBI officials are carrying out raids at 16 locations across Tamil Nadu. The raids began at early morning. It has been learned that a total of 8 places in Chennai were raided by CBI.
According to sources, the raids were linked to clearances given to INX media, which was once owned by Peter Mukerjea.