Lalu's benami property case: IT raids 22 locations

Posted May 17, 2017

According to IT officials, raids were conducted at the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others. Officials said a team of 100 I-T officials and policemen were carrying out the searches. One such land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family members is in Bijwasan in Delhi, he said.

As per sources, the raids are being conducted on the charges of illegal (benami) land deals worth Rs. 1,000 crore.

The BJP, which is the chief opposition party in Bihar, has been releasing documents that it alleges proves Lalu Yadav used his earlier posts of Chief Minister of Bihar and Union Railways Minister for corrupt land deals in Patna, Delhi and other places. Lalu's younger son Tejashwi Yadav is the deputy chief minister of Bihar.

While Lalu Prasad put up a fearless face saying he will continue to fight against "fascist forces" and was "not scared of empty threats", Chidambaram reacted to the CBI raids asking whether he should "stop writing against the Government". BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi termed the raids an offshoot of Nitish Kumar's statement that "the competent authorities should act on the allegations". All the companies owned by Prasad's family members for the objective of these land transactions had no employees, no business activities and no turnover, the Union minister claimed.

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In another tweet, he said, "RSS-BJP ko Lalu ke naam se kampkapi chhuti hai... The Congress is of the stand that if corruption evidence is found against any one, go ahead to take action", he said.

Assembly polls are due in BJP ruled Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chattishgarh and Congress ruled Karnataka, in 2017 and 2018.Prasad's assertions came during a press conference at which he attacked PM Modi and BJP led NDA government at the centrei, on completion of its three years in power. "But this is a fact that opposition leaders are in the BJP's target", he added.

"The Government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends.The Government's aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of Opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations", he said.

Senior RJD leader and former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the IT raids are part of the BJP's political vendetta against rivals.