Lalu’s family face charges under “Benami Transaction Act”

Income-Tax Department has charged family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, 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.

The notice has been issued under Section 24(3) of the Benami Transactions Act and Lalu’s kin have been identified as “beneficiaries” of the benami assets.

Total of nine plots in Phulwari Sharif in Patna, where a mall is reported to have been coming up, has also been attached by the tax department.

The department had carried out country-wide searches in this case last month.

Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.

Violation of the Act carries rigorous imprisonment of up to seven years and a hefty fine.

The 1988 Act was implemented by the Union government from 1st November, last year.

Tax department said Prasad’s kin held some of the properties under their scanner in a “benami” way.

“BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice… If it tries to silence one Lalu, crore of Lalu will come forward. I am not scared of empty threats,” he had said in a series of tweets after the search operation.

Bihar government, of involvement in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi.

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