New Delhi, June 21, 2017: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter, Misa Bharti on Wednesday finally appeared before the Income Tax department in connection with the money laundering case lodged against her.
Bharti took part in the investigation at the Jhandewalan office, where she was present for around an hour, between 11.30am and 12.30pm.
Misa joined the probe a day after I-T department attached a total of 12 plots of Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav.
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that I-T seized the Benami properties of Misa Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in the case.
Two summons to Misa were also issued, but after she failed to appear, the I-T department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May.
Properties where the real beneficiary, the one who pays, is not the one in whose name the property has been bought are called Benami properties.
Earlier on May 16, the IT Department raided 22 various locations across Delhi in connection with alleged benami property deals involving Lalu Prasad and his children – Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Misa Bharti.
Besides the residence of the RJD supremo, raids were also held at the residence of party MP P.C. Gupta as well as several businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi and Haryana’s Gurugram and Rewari, on the allegations by former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
Modi has alleged involvement of Lalu Prasad and his three children in corrupt land deals.