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Lalu raids: A look at how the benami land deal case unfolded

The searches by IT department are the latest in a controversy that began when opposition BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi accused Lalu Prasad of amassing wealth.

india Updated: May 16, 2017 17:56 IST
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Lalu raids

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad.(HT File)

The Income Tax department on Tuesday conducted raids at over 22 places in Delhi and Haryana over alleged Rs 1,000 crore benami land deals involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

The searches are the latest in a controversy that began when opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s leader Sushil Kumar Modi accused Prasad of amassing wealth. Sushil Modi is also a petitioner in the fodder scam that led to Lalu’s disqualification from Parliament.

April 5: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi alleges that Lalu Prasad influenced Patna zoo soil deal. He said soil lifted from an upcoming mall owned by Lalu’s family was purchased from MS Enterprises for Rs 90 lakh by Patna zoo for construction of a pathway without floating any tender.

April 7: Modi dares chief minister Nitish Kumar to dismiss deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and health and environment minister Tej Pratap Yadav since the soil supplied to the zoo was sourced from land belonging to them.

Produces documentary evidence to show the land for the upcoming mall at Patna’s Saguna More was transferred by Harsh and Vinay Kochar to Prem Chand Gupta-owned Delight Marketing Pvt Ltd (DMPL) in 2005 after the two brothers were awarded two hotels belonging to the railways at Ranchi and Puri. Finally, DPML was handed over to Lalu’s family, along with assets, in 2014, only to be rechristened as LARA Projects (an acronym for Lalu and Rabri) in 2016.

April 11: Modi dares Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and his mother Rabri Devi, a sitting MLC and former chief minister, to declare that land assets of AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd were owned by them. Modi alleges the company, formed in 2006, had land worth crores of rupees spread across Patna. In 2014, all shares of the company were transferred to Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and by virtue of this the two had become owners of AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd

April 18: Modi said AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd, owned by Om Prakash Katyal’s family, had purchased land at Panapur and Chittkohra in Patna in March 2007. In 2014, the Katyal family transferred entire shares of the company to former chief minister Rabri Devi and her deputy CM son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav thereby also giving them ownership of the land. The BJP leader said the same company had purchased a two-storey building along with land at Salempur Dumra, Patna, at a cost of Rs 70 lakh.

Modi, a former deputy CM, also claimed that brothers OP Katyal and Amit Katyal had given a loan of Rs 1.15 crore to AK Infosystems Pvt Ltd to purchase the land that was gifted to the Yadav brothers and also to buy other land assets. The Katyal family had set up a liquor factory at Bihta during Rabri Devi’s chief ministership. The factory was later closed down.

April 22: Modi fires another salvo on Lalu Prasad, alleging that he also used Mumbai-based AB Exports Pvt Ltd as a “front company” to acquire prime residential property worth Rs 115 crore at D-1088, New Friend’s Colony, which also shares the address with many companies owned by former union corporate affairs minister PC Gupta, for his family members.

Modi questions why five Mumbai-based diamond and gold traders would provide interest-free loan of Rs 1 crore each to AB Exports, a non-functional company, to buy the 800 sqare metre property in 2007-08 that would finally be handed over to Prasad’s family. Demands inquiry in the quid pro quo behind sealing the costly deal at a throwaway price of Rs 4-5 lakh.

April 27: The BJP leader alleges that Lalu Prasad, during the UPA rule in 2004-09, got 95 decimal (a measure of area used in Bihar) land from Kanti Singh on March 13, 2006 in lieu of a berth in the Union cabinet

May 13: Modi on Saturday demanded that the enforcement directorate carry out simultaneous probe into the “shady dealings” of Misa Bharti-owned Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd (MPPPL) with four shell companies of Jain brothers — Surendra and Virendra — to expose the money laundering trail.