Benami land deals: Lalu Prasad under I-T scanner; raids conducted at 22 locations in Delhi NCR

The Income Tax department is looking into benami land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2017 1:35 pm
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The Income-Tax department are looking into benami land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore allegedly involving RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. The agency on Tuesday conducted raids and surveys at 22 locations in Delhi, Gurgaon and Rewari.

Raids were conducted early today morning on the premises owned by several prominent businessmen and real estate agents. I-T sleuths have also raided the premises of the son of RJD MP P C Gupta and few other businessmen. While raids are being conducted at a dozen locations, ten other official premises are being surveyed by the I-T department, officials told news agency PTI.

“People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched. There are allegations of benami deals worth about Rs 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” a senior official said.

A team of about 100 tax department officials and police personnel are conducting the raids, they said.

This comes just days after the Bharatiya Janata Party accused Lalu Prasad and his children — Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav and Misa Bharti — of being involved in corrupt land deals. On May 12, addressing a press conference at the party headquartes, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded the Central Government to probe the alleged land deals. He alleged that Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP, failed to disclosed these assets in her election affidavit and demanded the Election Commission to take action against her. The union minister said the land deals dated back to the time when Lalu Prasad was the Union Railway Minister in the UPA government. He also wondered whether Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would invoke the special law enacted by his goverment in which assets acquired through illicit means are confiscated.

In his reponse Nitish said that the BJP should move to court and substantiate their allegations with proof.  “This is not an issue that falls in the domain of the state government nor in the company law of Bihar. If the BJP has documents, then it should take legal recourse to prove their accusations,” Nitish said.

Lalu’s RJD is a constituent of Bihar’s ruling coalition led by Kumar. His sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav are ministers in the government.

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    kushal kumar
    May 17, 2017 at 10:07 am
    While dea with the likely happenings for India which may need attention or become talk of the town in year 2017 in article ” 2017 – an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September” issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016 , this Vedic astrology writer had in relation to February-March and around in 2017 had this to say : ” Some political leaders may be unwell or break-away or face consequences of wrongdoing allegedly done by them in past”. And Delhi , Tamil Nadu were specified in that regard. It seems the predictions have been meaningful.
    1. J
      May 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm
      Lalu needs support of all opposition parties so that he enjoys power
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        Damodar Biswal
        May 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm
        End of Lalu Raj!!!
        1. D
          May 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm
          Lalu Prasad Yadav main et is not Moveable or Immovable properties but Poverty and illiteracy of poor people specially SC/ST/OBC and Minorities. He knows as how instigate them and then to come to power.However let us not blame alone Laluji but there are many Politicians who are hiding under the cover of Money and muscle power of political leaders and Parties.It is misfortune of our Democracy such political leaders escape from IT/CBI/Police authorities above all our Judiciary is very slow in punishing corrupt politicians and bureaucrats .Even Lalu Yadav's case is pending in High Court for last four years even he has been punished by lower Court.
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            Damodar Biswal
            May 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm
            He is on bail n the bail has been granted by the Apex Court.
          2. H
            May 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm
            Awesome job to expose Lalu and seek answers.
            1. A
              May 16, 2017 at 1:09 pm
              The two acre plot on which Bihar's largest shopping mall is coming up in Patna is within Nitish Kumar's jurisdiction.
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                Wachaspati Pandey
                May 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm
                A poor milkman family is being harassed by vindictive Govt. at the Centre. He is messiah of downtrodden and leading light of secularism. If there is still secularism in India, it's because of his fodder generated money and properly invested in land deals. Ask any Yadav and Muslim family in Bihar, they will vouch for his trustworthiness.
                1. R
                  May 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm
                  Pandeji. I hope this is sarcasm.....
                  1. K
                    May 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm
                    yep 1000 cr poor milkman...... Pandey ji stop psycophancy....
                    1. S
                      May 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm
                      Pande ji .. sahi bole hain ... Yeh sasura Modi ji ne Lalu, Mayawati, Mamta, Mulayam aur ab Arvind ki raatan ki neend udaye diye hain .... Bechare Sakular log hain .. desh bhakt.. Imaandar aur garib log. Jab inka kuch hai hi nahi .. (jo yeh kehate hain ) to saari praperty sarkar apne naam karle... koi iskool ya hospital khulwa de wahan...... Kyun kaisen rahi .
                  2. K
                    May 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm
                    There is one step required like notebandi.It was being discussed before, don't know when government wants to bring it.It is that government will notify that every person must have a 'PROPERTY PASSBOOK'.Within four months, everyone will have to get every property he or she holds listed in the passbook including disputed ones.After the time limit, any property that will not show in government records as been listed against a person's name will be confiscated after a few month's notice.The passbook will be mandatory for every person holding any property and for any property transaction.This one step will clean up 80 percentof property related corruption.
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                      The Observer
                      May 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                      great idea.. I wonder why the FinMin babus do not think anything on these lines other than lining their pockets and coming out with excuses. May be because most of the babus will be caught with their benami properties. Unless the govt. babus mend their ways and show a semblance of moral values we are in for a long battle against corruption.
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