In another big development, Enforcement Directorate on Saturday took Lalu Yadav’s son in law Sailesh Kumar to Delhi’s Sainik Farms for questioning after raiding his residence in New Delhi, India Today TV reported. Earlier in the day, the agency had raided the premises of RJD MP Misa Bharti, her husband Sailesh Kumar, news agency Press Trust of India had reported. The premises of a firm allegedly linked to Misa and her husband was also raided in the case. The raids were carried out at farmhouses in Ghitorni, Bijwasan and Sainik Farms areas here early morning. The residences are linked to Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. The current searches are connected to a money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others who are alleged to have laundered several crore rupees using shell companies. Earlier, the central probe agency had arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a Chartered Accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited.
The ED raid on Misa and Sailesh’s residences comes a day after 12 locations of Lalu Yadav family were raided by CBI in an alleged case of corruption. On Friday, Lalu, a former Railway Minister, and his family were booked by the CBI for alleged irregularities in tender allotment to a private firm for the maintenance and functioning of IRCTC-owned hotels in Ranchi and Puri. Lalu Yadav termed the raids as political vendetta and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah as the perpetrators of the attack on his family. The RJD supremo, lashing out at saffron party, said that when the alleged irregularities took place, Rabri was not a public servant and Tejaswi was a minor. “When I came to know about the raids this morning, I told my children (Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and health minister Tej Pratap Yadav) and wife that they should welcome the CBI officials and allow them to search whatever they were looking for,” Lalu said during a press conference at State Guest House in Morabadi. “It was not fair on the part of the CBI to raid the houses of my children in my absence.”