Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a Chartered Accountant (CA) linked to RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter & Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti in a money laundering case. Officials say that CA Rajesh Agarwal has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case. However, Agarwal has not been arrested for his dealings with Misa Bharti, according to an Indian Express report.
Officials told PTI that Agarwal has been arrested under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). ED will question Agarwal once they get his custody. ED had recently arrested brother duo Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain through whom the CA transferred funds. The agency filed a FIR against the Jain brothers last week.
According to the Times of India, Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi alleged that Agarwal had admitted that he converted Rs 1.20 crore by making forged entries in the books of Misa Bharti’s firm Mishaili Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd. Sushil Modi told NDTV that there were links between the Jain brothers, Agarwal and Lalu’s daughter. Sushil Modi had also made allegations against Lalu’s son Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, according to an Indian Express report.
Enforcement Directorate had raided Lalu’s properties in Bihar and the National Capital Region (NCR) in order to probe alleged Benami land deal transactions worth Rs 1000 crore. A senior official told the Indian Express that, ”Those linked to land deals involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being probed. There are allegations of Benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore and tax evasion”.