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Income Tax Department grills Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi in benami property case

Stepping up action against the corrupt, the Income Tax Department today questioned Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav and wife Rabri Devi. The questioning was part of the ongoing investigations into the illegal property deals conducted by RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family members in various cities in India including Patna and Delhi. Earlier, in June, the I-T Department had filed a case against the family members of Lalu. The case relates to benami properties and it has been filed under a tough law, wherein convicts can be sentenced to seven years in jail and also have to pay a hefty fine. Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav was called for questioning at 10:30 AM today whereas his mother Rabri Devi was questioned at 2 PM. Rabri was accompanied by her daughter Misa Bharti, during the questioning.

It may be recalled that the I-T Department has already attached various properties of Lalu and his family members. The attached properties include land, building and farmhouses in Delhi and Patna. As per investigations, it has been revealed that the properties were given to Lalu’s family members by firms that had got contracts from the railways when Lalu was the Railways Minister. Overall, six members of the Lalu family have been accused of owning benami properties to conceal the identity of actual buyers. The benami properties case was one of the reasons why JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar quit the grand alliance and joined forces with BJP.

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