Just a one day after the Income Tax department conducted raids at the 22 locations in Delhi and other linked up areas to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav in connection with alleged Benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore, workers from Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD clashed with the members of Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday. As per the reports of news agency ANI, the workers of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD were protesting outside of the office of its counterpart BJP in the state capital.
There are many visuals shown on TV news channels of police doing lathi charge at the workers. The workers of Bharatiya Janata Party in Patna said to the Times Now that the RJD workers who clashed with them were shouting, “Narendra Modi Murdabad, Lalu Prasad Zindabad.” The senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said that this kind of behavior was unacceptable to the TV news channel NDTV. A BJP worker said, “This government is trying to hide its scams by attacking the opposition leaders.” On the other hand, another BJP leader intimidated and said that “We are not weak. If given power, we can also respond.” After the order of the Supreme Court of 8 may restore the charge of criminal conspiracy against the RJD leader in all four fodder scam cases against him, the raids came after that as RJP leader Lalu Prasad Yadav would also bear trail. The RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav has already been barred from contesting elections after his conviction and sentencing in one of the cases against him.
The Income Tax Department is probing the RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on alleged investments of worth Rs 1,000 crore into Benami land deals and shell companies. “We are carrying out the searches and surveys. The companies being probed are shell companies in which Lalu and his family members are directors or have some link. The 12 people who are being searched also are directly or indirectly related to investments in these shell companies,” an Income Tax official alleged. Yesterday, raids were conducted by the Income Tax officials at the sites of some prominent real estate agents and businessmen in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari, and some other places.
All these searches were conducted at a handful of business premises, including at one owned by the son of RJP MP and former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta. The sources of I-T said that the raids were conducted at a number of locations and 10 other sites were also surveyed. “People and businessmen connected to the land deals involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched. There are allegations of Benami deals worth about Rs 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” a senior official said.
According to the Income Tax officials, some of the people who were raided they described as “prominent businessmen and real estate agents”, named as Vijay Kochar, Ajay Kochar, Amit Katyal, Subhash Goel and Vivek Nagpal. On the other hand, the opposition party BJP is leaving no stone in degrading RJP leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members as well. The saffron party accused Lalu Prasad Yadav, his daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both are ministers in the Nitish Kumar’s government as well. They are accusing the RJP leader and his family of being involved in Benami land deals and shell companies worth Rs 1,000 crore. RJP supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejashwi is also the deputy chief minister of Bihar.
However, RJP chief Lalu Prasad Yadav commented on the searches through his official twitter account that he was “not scared at all” and will always continue to fight against “fascist forces”. In his another series of tweets, Yadav wrote, “BJP mein himmat nahin hai ki Lalu ki awaz ko daba sake… Lalu ki awaz dabayenge to desh bhar me karoron Lalu khade ho jayenge…(BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice… If it tries to silence one Lalu, crores of Lalus will rise across the country).”