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Lalu’s Benami land deals.

Benami land deals worth Rs. 1,000 Crore allegedly involving RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav are into Income-Tax department scan. The agency on Tuesday conducted raids and surveys at 22 locations in Delhi, Gurgaon and Rewari.

 Raids were conducted early today morning on the premises owned by several prominent businessmen and real estate agents People and businessmen connected to the land deal 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 team of about 100 tax department officials and police personnel are conducting the raids, they said.

This comes just days after the Bharatiya Janata Party accused Lalu Prasad and his children — Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav and Misa Bharti — of being involved in corrupt land deals. In his reponse Nitish said that the BJP should move to court and substantiate their allegations with proof.  “This is not an issue that falls in the domain of the state government nor in the company law of Bihar. If the BJP has documents, then it should take legal recourse to prove their accusations,” Nitish said.

Lalu’s RJD is a constituent of Bihar’s ruling coalition led by Kumar. His sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav are ministers in the government.

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