New Delhi: In more trouble for the Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Misa Bharti, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday raided her residence in Delhi’s Sainik Farms in an alleged corruption case. The raids were also carried out at three other locations in the national capital in connection with an over Rs 1,000-crore benami (proxy) land deals case.
“We have conducted raids at three places including Sainik Farms and Bijwasan belonging to Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar,” an ED official said.
In June, the Income Tax Department has provisionally attached a few immovable properties in connection with its probe in the Rs 1,000 crore benami land deals and tax evasion case allegedly involving family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Officials had said two assets, a house and a land in Delhi, have been attached after the department issued a provisional order under the Benami Transactions Act, 1988, that came into force on November 1, 2016.
A chartered accountant, Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, allegedly linked to Bharti and others, was also arrested by the ED on May 22. Agrawal is alleged to have aided in illegal transactions involving Prasad’s kin.
Misa and her husband Shailesh Kumar allegedly have links with a firm — Ms Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited– which is suspected to have entered into benami deals for purchase of a farm house in Delhi’s Bijwasan area.