Tahlka news Bureau
New Delhi: Income Tax department conducted a raid on Tuesday morning at 22 locations in Delhi and nearby areas on charges alleged of benami deals of worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and others.
Since early morning onwards I-T department began its raiding on prominent businessman and real estate businessmen like Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others said officials.
The searches are also being conducted at the premises of the son of RJD MP P C Gupta and few other businessmen.
While raids are being conducted at a dozen locations, ten other official premises are being surveyed by the I-T department, they said.
"People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched.
There are allegations of benami deals worth about Rs 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion," a senior official said.
A team of about 100 tax department officials and police personnel are conducting the raids, they said.
The BJP had last week accused Prasad, his MP daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that these transactions were a case of "quid pro quo" as they date back to the period when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister, and dared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take action against him.
Bihar's biggest shopping mall spread over 7.5 lakh square feet is coming up in Patna as part of such dubious transactions, he had alleged at a news conference held here.