Raids on Chidambaram, Lalu houses; Opposition cries vendetta

Raids on Chidambaram, Lalu houses; Opposition cries vendetta

On Tuesday, the IT Department sleuths carried out searches at Lalu's premises as also at the premises of party MP P.C. Gupta and several businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi and Haryana's Gurugram and Rewari. Officials said a team of 100 I-T officials and policemen were carrying out the searches.

The raids, which raise the spectre of political corruption (or a political witch-hunt, depending on which side one is listening to) come exactly three years after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance's sweeping victory in the parliamentary elections on a pro-development and anti-corruption platform.

Stating that Misa became the owner of Rs 50 crore, the current value of the land at Sainik Farm, with an investment of meagre amount of Rs 1 lakh in the firm, he raised questions as to why Nagpal handed over his firm to Prasad's family and why India Bulls gave a loan of Rs 23 crore to the closed KHK Holding.

He alleged that Lalu's two Minister sons have amassed benami properties worth over Rs 1,000 crore through various shell companies like Delight Marketing Pvt Ltd, AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd and AB Exports Pvt Ltd in Bihar.

Lalu's RJD is a constituent of Bihar's ruling coalition led by Kumar. Lalu's younger son Tejashwi Yadav is Deputy Chief Minister and elder son Tej Pratap Yadav is Bihar Health Minister.

The minister said that Misa Bharti, daughter of Lalu Prasad Yadav, was unsuccessful to reveal properties details in her election affidavit, she is Rajya Sabha MP.

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A senior office said that people and entrepreneurs are associated with the land transaction connecting Lalu Prasad is being examined. "Because ultimately whatever action that is taken has to bear some results", he said.

In another tweet, he said, "RSS-BJP ko Lalu ke naam se kampkapi chhuti hai.Inko pata hai ki Lalu inke jhooth, loot aur jumlon ke kaarobar ko dhwast kar raha hai, to dabav banao (The RSS-BJP shiver after hearing the very name of Lalu.They know that Lalu is destroying their trade based on lies, loot and gimmicks and that is why they are putting pressure on me)".

All the companies owned by Lalu Prasad's family members for the goal of these land transactions had no employees, no business activities and no turnover, Prasad claimed.

Political analysts said that Lalu, facing a barrage of corruption charges, has tried to send across a message to the BJP as well as the JD (U) that any fresh unity among the two parties would not affect him and he will single-handedly take on the BJP. He said "Beware egoist and fascist BJP leaders".

Congress sought to broaden the issue, saying the government was systematically targeting Opposition leaders.

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