Lalu family corruption cases: Now Misa Bharti’s husband appears before ED
New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) member of Parliament and Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti’s husband Shailesh Kumar appeared on Wednesday before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a Rs8,000 crore money laundering case, the ED said.
A day earlier, Misa Bharti was summoned by the ED over the same matter and questioned for eight hours.
“The matter is under investigation and we are questioning different parties involved,” said a senior ED official, requesting anonymity.
On 8 July, the ED conducted searches across three properties belonging to Misa Bharti and her husband.
On 23 May, the ED arrested her chartered accountant Rajesh Agarwal under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Misa Bharti and her husband have been under the scanner in a money laundering probe being conducted by the ED against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others who used over 90 shell companies.
“During the investigation under PMLA, it was revealed that unaccounted money to the tune of Rs62.2 crore was converted into apparently legitimate transactions by way of share subscription through 26 shell companies controlled by Jain brothers (for whom Agarwal was a mediator),” the ED said in a statement.
Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, son and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav, Misa Bharti and Shailesh Kumar have been under investigation in separate cases registered by the ED, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the income tax (I-T) department.
On 7 July, the CBI registered a case against Prasad, Rabri Devi and Tejaswi Yadav for alleged irregularities in a deal dating back to 2006, when Prasad was the railway minister.
The I-T department on Wednesday issued summons on Misa Bharti and her husband in connection with alleged benami land deals in Delhi, Gurugram and Rewari.
Yadav accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of carrying out a political vendetta.
“I can only say this is a political vendetta by the BJP. They have always been scared of my father, but it seems they are scared of me too. They are bringing up cases of 2004 against me. I was 13-14 years old that time. How could a kid do all this?” Tejaswi Yadav said.