New Delhi, June 19: After days of interrogation over Benami properties, Income Tax Department on Monday seized the properties of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharati, her husband Shailesh Kumar and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, ANI reported. The seizure comes in the wake of the revelation of properties worth Rs. 1000 crore allegedly related to the Yadav family.
On June 7, the IT department slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 against Shailesh on account of not appearing for interrogation. Earlier, Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh were summoned by the IT department in connection with a ‘Benami’ assets case.
The summons were issued days after the arrest of Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rakesh Agrawal, in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities.
Agrawal was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly being instrumental in providing accommodation entries (illegal funds) to launder the money of businessmen brothers- Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain.
The IT department in its summons reportedly said it wishes to question Misa and her husband on transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited.
The IT department had conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs 1,000 crore by Lalu’s family.
(With inputs from ANI)