Earlier in the day, the Income Tax department attached a total of 12 plots of Lalu's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav.
They said the assets are in the benami possession and the action has been taken after the department carried out raids in this case last month. Mr. Yadav said he and his family members are being targeted politically.
The tax department is investigating allegations of corrupt land deals worth Rs. 1,000 crore and tax evasion against the Yadav family.
As reported, the IT issued a notice to Bharti, the daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders and former Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, also an MP, to explain how they acquired many properties, most valued in several crore rupees, without any evident source of income or paper trail establishing their true ownership. The immovable assets attached by the I-T department include land, plots, and buildings in Patna.
Violation of the Act carries rigorous imprisonment of up to seven years and a hefty fine.
Tax officials allege that the politically influential family acquired companies that own these properties at prices much lower than market value.
The IT department had asked Misa and her husband to appear in the first week of June as a part of an investigation where their statements would be recorded.
Benami properties are those which are purchased in the name of someone else than the actual beneficiary.
The summons had been issued by the I-T department just days after Bharti's chartered accountant, Rajesh Agrawal, was detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in connection with a Rs8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political party members. "I have not seen any such I-T notice".
"BJP mein himmat nahi hai ki Lalu ki awaz ko daba sake". If it tries to silence me, crore of Lalus will come forward.