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Benami land deals: Will fight the ‘fascist forces’, says Lalu Prasad Yadav

Meanwhile, the IT department conducted raids in 22 locations on Tuesday in connection with alleged benami land deals.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2017 4:43:14 pm
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Hitting out at the BJP for levelling baseless corruption allegations against him, RJD supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday said he will fight the ‘fascist forces’, as reported by PTI. This comes days after he and his children, Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav and Misa Bharti, were accused by the BJP of being involved in corrupt land deals. “I am not scared of empty threats,” Lalu tweeted.

Meanwhile, earlier today, the Income Tax department conducted raids in 22 locations across Delhi, Gurgaon and Rewari in connection with alleged benami land deals. A team of nearly 100 officials were sent to search the premises of businessmen and real estate agents in connection with the deals. RJD MP P C Gupta’s son’s house was also raided.

“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 had said.

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

In a press conference last week, senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad made corruption allegations against Lalu and his family members. He had urged the Centre to initiate a CBI probe into alleged corrupt land deals. He alleged that Misa, a Rajya Sabha MP, had not disclosed these land assets in her election affidavit.

In response to Prasad’s allegations, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hit back at the saffron party, saying it should substantiate its 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 had said. RJD and Nitish’s JD(U) form the coalition government in Bihar. Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav are ministers in the government.

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