Lalu’s Family Members Charged Under Benami Transactions Act
New Delhi: The Income Tax department slapped charges under Benami Transactions Act on Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti, son and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in connection with its probe into land deals worth ₹ 1,000 crore and tax evasion on Tuesday.
The department served attachment notice under the stringent act for assets worth over ₹ 9 crores against Lalu’s family.
Interestingly, recently, senior BJP leader Sushil Modi had alleged that Hema Yadav, daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, had acquired a “Benami” plot worth ₹ 62.10 lakh as a “gift” from a grade four employee of the railways, a charge denied by the RJD.
Sushil Modi had claimed that Hridayanand Choudhary had given his 7.75 decimal land in Patna worth ₹ 62.10 lakh to Hema, the fifth daughter of Lalu Prasad, as a “gift”.
Choudhary even paid ₹ 6.28 lakh for stamp duty and registration while gifting the land to Hema, Modi had alleged.
The department carried out country-wide searches in this case last month.
Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.
Violation of the Act carries rigorous imprisonment of up to seven years and a hefty fine.
The 1988 Act was implemented by the government from November 1 last year.
Tax department officials had said Prasad’s kin held some of the properties under their scanner in a “benami” way.
The RJD chief, however, had 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”.