The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday morning conducted raids at Lalu Yadav’s daughter and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Misa Bharti’s Delhi residence in link with an alleged money laundering case. Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar were probed over allegations that they bought “benami” land at subsidised prices.
Raids were conducted at three locations, including Sainik Farms, across the national Capital. Misa and her husband are also having links with Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited, a supposed shell company.
If convicted under the Benami Transactions Act, the couple may face up to seven years in jail along with fine. The ED’s action comes almost two months after it detained chartered accountant Rajesh Agarwal for his alleged hand in the money laundering racket.
On Friday, the Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case against Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife and son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. They were booked on allegations of corruption during Prasad’s tenure as Railway minister in 2006. CBI conducted raids at over 12 locations, including their houses in Delhi, Gurugram, Patna, Ranchi and Puri.