RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti, on Tuesday, received a show cause notice over a penalty from the Income Tax Department for not appearing for questioning in a money laundering case against her. According to ANI, Misa Bharti has been fined Rs 10,000 for not appearing for questioning on Tuesday and the Income Tax department has issued a fresh summons for her to appear on June 12, 2017. According to ANI, both Bharti and her husband had been summoned by the Income Tax department in connection with a Benami assets case. Misa’s husband Sailesh will be appearing in front of the Income Tax department tomorrow.
This summons had been issued just days after Rajesh Kumar Agrawal had been arrested in connection to a probe by the Enforcement Directorate into a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering racket. The said racket allegedly involved 2 Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities. Agarwal had been arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) his alleged key involvement in providing illegal funds to assist in the money laundering of Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain. The Income Tax department has repeatedly stated in the summons issued to Misa that it wished to question bother her and her husband about the transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited.
According to reports, Misa Bharti is also under the radar of the Income Tax department for alleged dubious land deals and ownership. Although, Misa’s father and the former Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav had put up a brave face after the raids in Delhi last month and in a series of tweets had said, “BJP mein himmat nahi hai ki Lalu ki awaz ko daba sake… Lalu ki awaz dabayenge to desh bhar me karoron Lalu khare ho jayenge… Main gidarbhabhki se nahi darne wala hoon (BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice… If it tries to silence one Lalu, crores of Lalu will come forward. I am not scared of empty threats).”