IT Department Slaps Lalu’s Daughter with Penalty

Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti was slapped with penalty, as she failed to appear before income tax department for interrogation into her alleged ‘Benami’ land deals case.

New Delhi:  The Income Tax Department summoned Misa Bharti, daughter of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav, in connection with a ‘Benami’ land deal case.

Bharti was supposed to appear before IT sleuths for questioning on Tuesday, and since she chose not to do so, the department has issued a fresh notice asking her to appear before it on June 12.

The case is related to alleged land deals worth of Rs 1,000 crores linked to Misa Bharti.

As she failed to appear, despite a prior notice, the department has also slapped a penalty of Rs. 10,000 on her. Meanwhile, her husband Shailesh Kumar was summoned in the same case by the department for Wednesday.

The arrested Chartered Accountant Rajesh Kumar Agrawal allegedly linked to Bharti and others involved in the case was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on May 22. Kumar is alleged to have aided in illegal transactions involving Lalu’s kin.

The IT officials stated that the summons to Bharti and her husband are part of investigation into the case and that their statements would be recorded.

A few other property deals are also under the radar of the income tax officials, as per reports.

The IT department officials said they would apply the provisions of the newly-enacted Benami Transactions Act, 1988, which became operational from November 1, 2016. The law provides for a maximum punishment of seven years in jail and a fine.

However, Lalu has sought to put up a brave face after the raids, saying he was ‘not scared at all’ and would continue to fight against ‘fascist forces’.

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