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Patna : Legal troubles for RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members including his daughter Misa Bharti, MP, and his two minister sons continues to mount. While Lalu is himself facing trial in multi-crore fodder scam, the Income-tax (IT) department has charged six members of his family with Benami transactions. Sources said the IT on June 20, 2017, released list of 12 seized properties allegedly owned by Lalu’s family members. These properties are located in Delhi and Patna.

These properties were attached after the IT issued the provisional order under Benami Transactions Act, 1988, that came into force on November 1, 2016. The IT officials claim they took action based on raids in the case in May 2017. These seized properties include Farm no: 26, Palam Farms, Bijvasan, Delhi, 1088, New Friends Colony, Delhi, and 12 plots at Jalalpur, Danapur, Patna.

Lalu has, however, described it as political vendetta by the BJP and says he will continue to fight against fascist forces. Lalu’s younger son and Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav denied any such action by the IT Department. “It is a political conspiracy to defame my family. I have not received any IT notice nor am I aware of any seizure by the IT Department. We have replied each and every question posed to us,” Tejaswi said.

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