Patna, Jan 31 (PTI) The Income Tax Department has seized three properties belonging to former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and her daughter Hema as these were found to be benami. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Salary up to Rs 2.08 Lakh, Hike in DA, HRA | Apply For These Jobs Today

The development comes barely three days after a Delhi court granted bail to Rabri Devi, her husband and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, son Tejashwi Yadav and others in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) land for hotels scam. Also Read - HIGHLIGHTS India vs Australia 4th Test Day 4 Gabba, Brisbane Today's Match Scorecard AS IT HAPPENED: Siraj, Shardul Keep IND in Hunt; AUS Set 328

According to sources in the department, the three plots are in the outskirts of Patna and are said to have been gifted to them by some of their former domestic servants. Also Read - Tandav Row: Kangana Ranaut Reacts To Controversy, Calls Web Series 'Atrocious, Objectionable'

The sources said during investigations, the servants could not explain as to how with their own meagre sources of income, they came to own the properties before they gifted it to their mistresses.

The properties were, therefore, held to be benami and were seized, the sources said.

Members of the family had been named in a number of cases in the recent past lodged by agencies like the Income Tax department, Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation relating to illegal land transactions.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.