RJD leaders have accused BJP of misusing agencies to attack the opposition.
The Income Tax department has issued summons to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, and her husband with regard to shell companies and benami land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore.
The warrant comes against the backdrop of the arrest of chartered accountant Rajesh Kumar Agrawal by the Enforcement Directorate, who was also involved in the illegal transactions with Lalu’s kin.
Sources said Bharti and her husband will be questioned on these suspected deals and their statements will be recorded. “Ms Bharti’s statement will be recorded on June 6 and her husband’s on June 7,” said an income tax official.
The Income Tax department also said the couples have links with a firm — Printers Private Limited and Mishail Packers — which is suspected to have entered into benami deals for purchase of a farmhouse in Delhi’s Bijwasan.
Moreover, after examining the intensity of the crime, it is expected I-T officials will impose the newly-enacted Benami Transactions Act, 1988 on the couple which includes a maximum punishment of seven years in jail and a fine.
RJD leaders said the Centre is misusing the investigative agencies against opposition parties. In response, the BJP accused Lalu and his two sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the I-T department to investigate one such transaction in the capital.