Benami assets of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti and Tejaswi Yadav seized by IT department!

Finally, the corrupt family of Lalu Prasad Yadav is being taken to task for looting the country. They have long evaded the law, but not anymore. It seems like bad karma is finally catching up to one of the most corrupt families in the nation.

The Income Tax (I-T) department seized benami properties of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti, son-in-law Shailesh Kumar and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. Before this action by the department, it had issued two summonses to Misa, but she didn’t appear in court.Then,the IT department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May.

Two assets – a house and a piece of land in Delhi – were seized by the department under the Benami Transactions Act, 1988, that came into force on November 1 last year. Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.

The summonses were issued after the arrest of Bharti’s CA Rakesh Agrawal. He was arrested in connection with an ED probe into Rs 8,000 crore money laundering racket. He was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for providing accommodation entries to two businessmen to launder money.

It was then that the IT summoned Misa Bharti with the purpose of questioning her and her husband on transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited.

On June 7, the department slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 against Shailesh on account of not appearing for interrogation. The IT department went on to conduct raids and surveys at 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with benami deals of Rs 1,000 crore by Lalu’s family.

But Lalu’s brash arrogance doesn’t seem to have been affected by this massive action against his family. He said in a series of tweets: “BJP mein himmat nahi hai ki Lalu ki awaz kodaba sake. Lalu ki awaz dabayenge to deshbhar me karoron Lalu khareho jayenge. Main gidar bhabhki se nahi darne wala hoon.”

He’s obviously exaggerating when he says ‘crores of people will stand with him’, but he’s not entirely wrong. Sadly, such corrupt men have considerable support in the public on the basis of which they frolick around breaking the law and then brazenly abusing those who question them. Only when a few of these looters are sending to jail for many years will the corrupt develop fear.

Vinayak Jain