Benami property case: IT sleuths question Tejashwi, Rabri

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department officials today questioned former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav and his mother and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi in the Benami Property Case.

Income Tax officials were questioning Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav in Benami properties case for quite some time. It was earlier reported that the Income Tax department will soon file a prosecution complaint against some family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s family, including his daughter Misa Bharti, in connection with its probe into land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore, officials privy to the investigation said, according to a PTI report.

Earlier the Income Tax (I-T) department on Monday seized benami properties of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti, son-in-law Shailesh Kumar and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav.

Not long back, the I-T department had issued two summons to Misa, but after she failed to appear, the I-T department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi, younger son Tejashwi Yadav and elder daughter Misa Bharti were on Tuesday questioned in connection with an alleged "benami" (proxy) properties case by Income Tax Department personnel here, officials said. "Soon after the three reached the Income Tax office here around 10 a.m., they were questioned for over five hours." According to department officials, the development was kept a closely guarded secret in view of security threat involved. Rabri Devi is former Bihar Chief Minister while Tejashwi is a former Deputy Chief Minister and currently Leader of Opposition in the state assembly. Misa Bharti is a Rajya Sabha member of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. A senior RJD leader told IANS that two days after the party organised a successful anti-BJP rally attended by leaders of 16 opposition parties in Patna, the Centre was again misusing the Income Tax Department to "harass Lalu-ji's family members". In May, the department had raided 22 places in and around Delhi in connection with the case after senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi claimed Lalu Prasad was connected to hundreds of "benami" properties.

News24Bureau with Agencies