After ingnoring the Income-Tax Department summons twice, Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti on Wednesday joined the probe in an alleged money laundering case, India Today TV reported Wednesday. Misa joined the probe a day after I-T department on Tuesday slapped charges under the stringent Benami Transactions Act in an alleged money laundering case against his wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav. Earlier on Monday, it was reported that I-T seized the Benami properties of Misa Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in the case, according to news agency ANI. Misa, who has joined the probe now, had skipped two summons to appear before Delhi investigation wing of I-T dept. Taking swift action, the department seized the same properties that were raided in May. Earlier, acting on her failure to appear before the court, I-T slapped two separate penalties of Rs 10,000 on Misa with regard to non-compliance with the I-T department regulations, ANI had reported.
Bharti and her husband were summoned in the case after Rakesh Agrawal, a Chartered Accountant (CA) linked to the former, was detained in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering racket. The case involved two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities. As per a report, CA Agrawal’s arrest came under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly playing a key role in providing accommodation entries (illegal funds) to launder the money on behalf of businessmen brothers – Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain. Rejecting the charges on his family, Lalu Prasad Yadav had earlier said that there was no merit in the allegations. Lalu, defending his daughter said, “They are indulging in character assassination” while saying that the shell company “does not exist at all.”