I-T Department seizes 12 plots ‘owned’ by Lalu’s kin worth Rs. 175 crore

Lalu Prasad Yadav

Lalu Prasad Yadav (PHOTO: IANS)

The Income Tax Department on Tuesday released a list of 12 seized plots, allegedly owned by the family members of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

The I-T department attached a total of 12 plots of Lalu's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex-chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav.

The market value of the total attached property is worth Rs. 175 crore, whereas the book value of the attached property is Rs. 9.32 crore, reports said.

The I-T department had earlier seized Benami properties of Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar and Tejaswi Yadav.

These properties are located in Patna and Delhi. A farmhouse in Vijwasan and a bungalow in New Friends Colony have also been attached.

After the list was made public, Tejashwi Yadav denied any such action by the Tax Department and termed it 'a political conspiracy'.

“This is a political conspiracy to malign my family. I have not received any I-T notice nor am I aware of any seizure by the I-T Department. We have replied each and every question posed to us and we will continue to stand by the rule of law in future," Tejashwi said.

Earlier in the day, the I-T Department has charged family members of Lalu Prasad, including his wife, son and daughters, under the Benami Transactions Act in connection with its probe into land deals worth Rs. 1,000 crore and tax evasion.

The Income Tax (I-T) Department has served notices of attachment of assets to Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and daughters Chanda and Ragini Yadav.

(With inputs from agencies)