The Income Tax department is conducting raids at 22 locations in Delhi and Gurgaon in connection with benami land deals linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Officials said the department began raiding the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others since early morning.
The searches are also being conducted at the premises of the son of RJD MP P C Gupta and few other businessmen.
While raids are being conducted at a dozen locations, ten other official premises are being surveyed by the department department, they said.
RS 1000 CRORE BENAMI LAND DEAL
“People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched. There are allegations of benami deals worth about Rs 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” a senior official said.
The department searches come just days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had accused Lalu,his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that these transactions were a case of “quid pro quo” as they date back to the period when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister, and dared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take action against him
Lalu’s RJD is a constituent of Bihar’s ruling coalition led by Kumar. His sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav are ministers in the government.
Lalu’s official residence was the address of the owners of the firms allegedly floated by his family members, he said
Prasad had also urged the Election Commission to act against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti, saying she did not disclose the details of these assets in her Rajya Sabha election affidavit.
“The politics of Lalu Prasad has become politics of loot land worth crores of rupees was grabbed for a pittance,” he said.
‘VADRA MODEL OF DEVELOPMENT’
This was “Vadra model of development”, Ravi Shankar said, referring to dubious land deals allegedly involving Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra
One such land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family members is in Bijwasan in Delhi, he said. “We expect the central government to take appropriate action,” he added.
All the companies owned by Lalu Prasad’s family members for the purpose of these land transactions had no employees, no business activities and no turnover, Prasad claimed.
Bihar’s biggest shopping mall spread over 7.5 lakh square feet is coming up in Patna as part of such dubious transactions, the minister said.
And on the other hand Dr.Subramanian Swamy Reacted to Raids on Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram
Expressing contentment over the raids conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti’s various residences, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has said that now the nation will know that the grand old party is the most corrupt party in the history of the world.
“What do you expect Congress to do? Their president and vice-president are facing trial in the National Herald case. The whole country will come to know that it is the most corrupt party in the history of the world,” Swamy told ANI.
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Accusing Chidambaram of giving illegal clearances in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Swamy alleged that the former’s son always benefited by such approvals.
“It was expected because, as finance minister, he has given so many clearances in FIPB, which are all illegal and his son has always benefited by this. The raids have to take place to get the documents and get incriminating evidence which they have kept,” he said.
“Karti has got 21 illegal bank accounts abroad and he has built many houses in several countries. He has got financial activities undeclared in 18 countries. So, therefore, money laundering has to be there,” he added.
Swamy said he was unhappy with the delay, but since it has finally happened, he is now content with the development.
With the CBI raiding the Chidambaram residence here on Tuesday in connection with FIPB approval in several cases, Chidambaram lashed out at the Centre, accusing it of using national agencies to target his son.
“FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases. The five Secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB Secretariat and the competent authority in each case are the public officials. There is no allegation against any of them. There is no allegation against me,” he said in a statement.
Asserting that every case was processed according to law, Chidambaram added that the approval was granted or refused in accordance with the recommendations of the FIBP consisting of five secretaries to the Government of India.
“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. All I will say is, I shall continue to speak and write,” the senior Congress leader added.
Meanwhile, the CBI is expected to raid Chidambaram’s native place in Karaikudi also.
The raids are happening at around 14 different locations in Chennai and also in the national capital in connection with the criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval.