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Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017

Lalu’s properties Rs. 165 crores Delhi and Bihar seized by the Income Tax

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lalu-prasad-yadavThis final attachment order against Yadav, his daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh comes 90 days after the Tax department provisionally attached their properties. Earlier in August 2017, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seized Misa Bharti‘s farmhouse situated in Delhi’s Bijwasan area. reports claim that the building was bought by laundered money funneled through a shell company. The documents pertaining to the property were submitted to Delhi’s Patiala House court.

Over a dozen plots and buildings in Delhi and Bihar, including a farm house and land in the Palam Vihar area, a residential building in the upmarket New Friends Colony area of south Delhi, nine plots on a 256.75 decimal land area in Phulwari Sharif area in Patna, where a shopping mall was being constructed, among a few others in the same area in Bihar’s capital were attached by the Department as well.

More than a dozen properties worth around Rs. 165 crores  spread across Delhi and Bihar  allegedly belonging to the family of Bihar’s veteran politician Lalu Yadav – has been seized by the Income Tax department, which is investigating assets cases against the family in several cities.The beneficiary of most – including the plots in Bihar and the house in Delhi – is Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Yadav’s son, who is also seen as his political heir. The beneficiary of the farmhouse is his sister Misa Bharti, a parliamentarian from Bihar, tax officials said.
The properties include a house in posh South Delhi and a farm in the outskirts of the city; a dozen plots in and around Patna, among which is the 3.5 acres on which a mall is being built. The building of the mall had triggered fresh corruption allegations against the family, which led to the dismantling of Bihar’s Grand Alliance of Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Lalu Yadav and the Congress, in July.

So far, five members of Lalu Yadav’s family are suspected to be involved in corrupt land deals, tax evasion and defrauding the government. Investigators say they purchased properties in the name of others to avoid paying tax. In June, the department had filed a case against several members of the family under a tough law that involves seven years in jail and a hefty fine.Last month, the department questioned Tejashwi Yadav and his mother, former chief minister Rabri Devi.

The Income Tax sweep comes a day after Tejashwi Yadav had accused his former boss, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi of being “responsible” for the Rs. 1,000 crore Srijan scam and launched a campaign against it. Lalu Yadav had urged the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the case, to seize the properties of the scamsters.

 

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