On Tuesday, the Income Tax Department charged a fine of Rs 10,000 on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter MP Misa Bharti as she failed to appear before it. The I-T Department has issued a fresh court order to Misa Bharti in connection with its probe in the Rs 1,000 crore alleged benami land deals and tax evasion case. The Department wants to question in this regard to take the investigation forward.
Bharati was supposed to appear before the investigating officer (IO) of the case, however, she failed to appear today. She has now been asked to appear before the IO on June 12, officials said. A chartered accountant, Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, allegedly linked to Bharti and others was also arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on May 22. Agrawal is alleged to have aided in illegal transactions involving Lalu’s daughter.
Officials had said that the legal calls to Bharti and Kumar are part of the investigation in the case and their statements will be recorded. The duo has been alleged of having links with a firm – Ms Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited — which is suspected to have entered into benami deals for purchase of a farmhouse in Delhi’s Bijwasan area.
I-T department officials had said they will apply provisions of the newly enacted Benami Transactions Act, 1988, which became operational from November 1 last year, in this case. The law provides for a maximum punishment of seven years in jail and a fine.
Certain other property deals are also under the scanner of the taxman, they had said.