Published On: Sat, Jul 8th, 2017

ED conducts raid at Misa Bharti’s properties in Delhi

New Delhi: A day after the CBI raided properties associated with Lalu Prasad, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at three different places owned by Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in connection with an over Rs 1,000-crore benami (proxy) land deals case on Saturday morning.

The raids were conducted at three places including Sainik Farms, Ghitorni and Bijwasan

According to an ED official, the raids were conducted at three places including Sainik Farms, Ghitorni and Bijwasan belonging to Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar.

On May 22, the ED arrested a chartered accountant, Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, allegedly linked to Bharti, from Delhi.

On June 21, Income Tax (IT) officials interrogated Bharti for five hours in connection with the case.

Bharti’s appearance before the IT officials came a day after the department attached over 12 properties of her relatives, including husband Shailesh Kumar, brothers Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav under the Benami Transactions Act, 1988.

The IT Department had attached two assets of Lalu Prasad’s kin in Delhi and several properties in Bihar after the department issued a provisional order under the 1988 act, which came into force on November 1, 2016.

The CBI said on Friday that it registered a case on July 5 against former railway minister Lalu and others for an alleged “conspiracy” through which he acquired three acres of land in Patna worth Rs 32 crores for “a mere Rs 54 lakhs.”

The CBI on Friday conducted simultaneous raids in 12 locations associated with Lalu and the others accused, including in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurugram.

Besides Lalu, other named in the CBI’s case includes Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi, his son Tejashwi and some others.

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