The Income Tax Department on Tuesday slapped charges under Benami Transaction Act against Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav.
The department also issued a notice to recover assets worth Rs 9 crore. The department had attached 12 plots of Misa Bharti, her husband Shailesh, sister Ragini & Chanda, Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav. The market value of attached property is Rs. 175 crore, but the book value (purchase rate on records) of the property is Rs. 9.32 crores.
Reacting to the development, Tejashwi Yadav dubbed the action as a political vendetta and asserted that he has not hidden anything and ready to submit his reply if he gets summon.
Humne kuch nahi chupaya hai, humein bulaya jaayega toh hum jawab dene ke liye taiyyar hain: Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav pic.twitter.com/9XO2LrSSSE— ANI (@ANI_news) June 20, 2017
On Monday, the Income Tax department had seized the ‘benami properties’ of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti, son-in-law Shailesh Kumar and son Tejashwi Yadav , who is also Bihar deputy chief minister, in connection with benami land deals and tax evasion case.
The Income Tax had levied a penalty of Rs 10,000 against her for non-compliance of summons under section 131 of the Income Tax Act with a show cause notice to her in this regard.
The Income Tax Department had issued two summons to Misa Bharti to appear before Delhi investigation wing of the department but Bharti failed to appear. The department has seized properties raided in May.