CBI, IT Officials Raid Properties Of Chidambaram, Lalu
New Delhi: As Centre begins a massive crackdown on corruption cases against political leaders and businessmen; raids on Tuesday morning on the properties of senior and celebrated politicians- former finance minister P Chidambaram and former chief minister of Bihar and former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav shook the respective parties and the followers.
While the CBI raided 16 places related to Chidambaram and his son Karti, Income Tax sleuths raided 20 locations of Lalu in Delhi and Gurgaon.
The raids on Chidambaram and Karti’s properties are related to a 2007-08 case of FIPB approval given to INX media allegedly at the behest of Karti. The searches were carried out at least at 13 other locations including Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The allegation is that while the clearance for INX was only for ₹ 4 cores, the foreign investment was reportedly much higher. In lieu with this, an FIR was reportedly filed against Karti, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea who owned INX media.
Meanwhile, responding to the raids, Chidambaram alleged that they are only taking place to silence his voice.
In connection with the case, CBI also raided residences of Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea in Mumbai.
However, Mukarjeas are lodged in different Mumbai jails in connection with Sheena Bora (Indrani’s daughter’s) murder case. At the moment, even their lawyers can’t get in touch with them as they need permission from the prison department.
IT raids on Lalu Yadav:
Responding to the allegations against Lalu Yadav that he was the beneficiary of 1,000 crores worth of proxy land deals, income tax officials on Tuesday raided nearly 20 location of Lalu s in Delhi and Gurgaon to seize evidence for their case.
The raids were carried out hours after the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that if Centre has evidence of his partner’s corruption, it needs to take action instead of levelling mere allegations. As allegations were heaped against Lalu, Nitish maintained silence all these days. This is the first time that he broke his silence and commented.
Nearly hundred tax officials and police personnel carried out the raids. For the past six weeks, Bihar BJP unit has been releasing documents relating to Lalu’s land scams. However, on Monday Lalu condemned BJP for targeting those leaders who are questioning them repeatedly and encouraging character assassination.
“People and businessmen connected to land deals involving Lalu Yadav and his family are being searched. There are allegations of Benami (proxy) deals worth about Rs. 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” a senior unnamed official was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
While children of Lalu, Misa Bharti, a parliamentarian, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav, ministers in Nitish Kumar government, were accused of playing prime roles in corrupt land deals in Patna-Delhi and other cities.
However, Lalu has not denied any of these allegations.