In connection to the Benami land deals linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Income Tax department is conducting raids in 22 locations in Delhi and Gurgaon.
The search is carried out just after a day after the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) had accused Lalu, his daughter Misa Bharti and his sons of their alleged involvement in corrupt land deals. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that these deals are a case of ‘quid pro pro’, as they were transacted when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister and had dared Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to take any action against him.
Prasad had said that Lalu’s official residence was the address of the owners of the firms,allegedly floated by his family members. Prasad had also urged the Election Commission to take action against Lalu’s daughter on grounds that she has not disclosed the details of these assets in her Rajya Sabha election affidavit.
“The politics of Lalu Prasad has become politics of loot land worth crores of rupees was grabbed for a pittance,” he said.
Prasad had claimed that all the companies owned by Lalu’s family members for these land transactions had no employees or any turnover.
He also said that Bihar’s biggest shopping mall, spread over 7.5 lakh square feet is coming up in Patna, but it is a result of such transactions.