CBI, IT raids on Chidambaram, Lalu Prasad revive corruption debate

P Chidambaram got

The Income Tax Department on Tuesday, May 16, carried out raids and surveys at at least 22 locations in New Delhi and adjoining areas over alleged benami deals to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore involving Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and others.

Reports quoting I-T officials said raids were conducted at 22 locations in Delhi and NCR including the properties and office premises after Laloo Prasad's son-in-law's admission of benami deals. Today early morning searches were steered on the buildings which are owned by numerous protuberant entrepreneurs and real estate negotiators.

The searches are also being conducted at the premises of the son of RJD MP P C Gupta and few other businessmen. "A profit worth 1000 crores is questionable, and hence he is under the scanner", said Prasad, alleging that the state was looted during his tenure as Chief Minister.

Sushil Modi and Lalu Prasad. He also demanded the Election Commission to take appropriate deed against her.

The RJD on Tuesday called the income tax raids at party chief Lalu Prasad's residences in Delhi "an attempt to destroy" the former Bihar chief minister as well as the party, while the BJP questioned chief minister Nitish Kumar's silence in the matter. The BJP would like to ask the likes of Sharad Yadav and Sitaram Yechury what they have to say about the corruption scandals that are being unearthed nearly on an every day basis.




The RJD is a constituent of Bihar's ruling Grand Alliance, which includes the JD-U and Congress, and is led by Nitish Kumar.

The BJP had last week accused Prasad, his MP daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both ministers in the Nitish Kumar government, of being involved in "corrupt" land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the Centre to probe one such transaction in Delhi. "The Congress is of the stand that if corruption evidence is found against any one, go ahead to take action", he said.

Prasad's daughter has bought nearly seven acres of land worth Rs 100 crores for just about 1.4 crores through mysterious business entities that have allowed her to make huge profits at their expense. "The CBI is being misused in a conspiracy to shut-up opposition leaders".

Senior RJD leader and former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the IT raids are part of the BJP's political vendetta against rivals.

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