#LaluInTroubleWaters: Income Tax raid on Lalu’s illegal land deals

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (PTI)

NEW DELHI: In a massive crack down on illegal land deals, the Income Tax department on Tuesday conducted raids across 22 places in Delhi and Haryana in connection with alleged Rs. 1,000 crore benami land deals involving Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Besides Lalu, IT raids were also carried out at the residence RJD Member of Parliament PC Gupta along with several businessmen and real estate agents across Delhi and Gurugram and Rewari.
The Income Tax officials also carried out search across 10 premises of various government officials.
The IT crackdown comes in the wake of the allegations made by former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
Modi has accused Lalu Prasad and his children—Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Rajya Sabha Parliamentarian Misa Bharti—of being involved in corrupt land deals.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said if there was documentary proof or solid evidence against the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief and his family then the central government should take legal action.
The Bharatiya Janata Party had demanded a CBI probe into the “shady” land deals.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has alleged that RJD chief’s daughter Misa Bharti has not disclosed these alleged assets in her election affidavit and has demanded that the Election Commission take action against her.
The BJP leader also alleged that the land deals were done during Lalu Prasad’s tenure as Union Railway Minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Following the IT raids, Sushil Kumar Modi, who has been repeatedly accusing Lalu Prasad and his family in the “benami” properties case, told the media in Patna that his stand was “vindicated”.