The Income Tax (IT) Department on Thursday issued fresh summons to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar to appear before it on Monday in the benami properties case. The Income Tax department has also summoned Lalu’s son and former deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, in the same context.
IT department is likely to proceed with the criminal complaint against Bharti, Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav and Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi. The IT department may soon begin the proceedings in four cases - two each in New Delhi and Patna.
The department is investigating how shell companies were used by Lalu Prasad and his family to buy expensive properties in Delhi and Patna in benaami property deals.
The Tax officials said that the criminal complaint will be filed in a Delhi court and they want to question Bharti and her husband again in Delhi.
Earlier in June, the IT department had attached 12 plots owned by the family members of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav including his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav, daughter Misa Bharti, Shailesh, and sisters Ragini and Chanda.
The Income Tax department had also slapped charges under the Benami Transactions Act against them while serving an attachment notice for unaccounted assets worth over Rs 9 cr.