New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday morning raided Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti’s home in the national capital in an alleged money laundering case.
Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar are under probe over allegations that they acquired benami or proxy ownership of land at throwaway rates.
The raids come a day after CBI formally charged Lalu Yadav and son Tejashwi (Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister) with corruption and on Friday raided a dozen places including their home in Patna in connection with a land scam.
Bharti and her husband allegedly have links with a firm – Ms Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited – which is suspected to have entered into benami deals for purchase of a farm house in Delhi’s Bijwasan area.
Last month, the couple was asked about their company Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd that tax officials believe is a shell company and the loans that Ms Bharti had taken, particularly unsecured loans that were not backed by any collateral security, to buy companies.
In all, six members of the Lalu Yadav family are suspected to have purchased properties in the name of others to conceal who really owns them. If convicted under the Benami Transactions Act, they face up to seven years in jail and a hefty fine.
Yadav, in a case filed on Friday, has been accused of facilitating a contract to a private company to run hotels, as the country’s Railways Minister in 2006, after receiving a bribe in the form of a three-acre plot in Patna, where a mall is being built.
“It is a conspiracy,” said the former Chief Minister, hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP. Mr Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi, also a past Chief Minister, is among those named in the investigating agency’s complaint.