Income Tax department on Monday issued a notice of attachment of property owned by Misa Bharti, daughter of RJD supremo Lalu Yadav, ANI reports. Earlier, Enforcement Directorate had attached a farmhouse linked to Misa and her husband. The farm house attached by the ED is located in the Bijwasan area of South West Delhi, a report by Republic TV had said. The properties reportedly include a farmhouse in Palam Vihar and a residential building in the upscale New Friends Colony area in south Delhi. Earlier, Lalu, and his son, Tejashwi Yadav, skipped appearance before Central Bureau of Investigation in a separate case, Press Trust of India had reported. As a reason, Yadav had cited his ongoing court case in Ranchi, while his son, Tejashwi had said he has prior political commitment. The two leaders were to appear before the court on the date of summons– September 11 and 12–issued by the CBI, the sources had told PTI.
“We will work out new dates for fresh summons,” an official was quoted as saying. The CBI alleges that Yadav while holding the office of Railway Minister, had handed over maintenance of two Railway hotels BNR Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotel (a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar), they did so for a bribe received in the form of prime land of three acres through a benami company.
As per the charges mentioned in the FIR, Yadav as railway minister abused his official position for extending undue favours to Kochhars, acquired a “high value premium land” through a benami company Delight and as a quid pro quo. The FIR adds that Yadav dishonestly and fraudulently managed award of leasing BNRs at Ranchi and Puri to the company of Kochhars, the report says. Now, a case has been registered against Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and Sarla Gupta, wife of former union minister Prem Chand Gupta. Others named as accused in the FIR include Vinay Kochhar, Vijay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel, Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects and the then Managing Director P K Goel.