IT Dept seizes benami properties of Misa Bharti, Tejaswi Yadav

I-T sleuths attached the properties after Bharti and her husband Kumar failed to appear before the department despite two summons for questioning. IT had seized properties raided in May.

There were words of similar notices having been sent to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s two sons in the Nitish cabinet – Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav – though there were no official words or confirmation of such notices to them. The value of the attached properties could not be ascertained immediately.

They said the assets are in the benami possession and the action has been taken after the department carried out raids in this case last month.

Benami properties are those which are purchased in the name of someone else than the actual beneficiary. Both Bharti and her husband have skipped I-T summons in the past.

The department has been investigating a money laundering case against her.

The summons were issued days after the arrest of Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rakesh Agrawal, in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities.

The RJD chief, however, had sought to put up a fearless face after the raids, saying he was “not scared at all” and would continue to fight against “fascist forces”.

The Income Tax Department on Tuesday seized some assets of Misa Bharti in connection with the Benami land scams worth Rs 1,000 crore.