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I-T raids properties in NCR linked to Lalu Prasad on benami deals charges

22 locations raided in NCR on charges of benami deals worth Rs 1,000 cr

Satyavrat Mishra  |  Patna 

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Media persons outside RJD Chief Lalu Prasad's residence during income tax raid in Patna on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

As the Income Tax (I-T) department raided various properties linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Prasad Yadav in Capital Region (NCR) on the charges of alleged benami deals, the former Chief Minister and his family tried to show it is business as usual.

have raided 22 locations in New Delhi and Gurugram on the charges of worth Rs 1,000 crore. Properties of Lalu's daughter and MP and senior leader and former union minister were also raided in New Delhi. The I-T department has also searched a private property of Gupta, which uses as his Delhi residence.

The chief, however, put up a brave face, saying he was "not scared at all" and will continue to fight against the "fascist forces". As soon as the news came, the gates of his Patna house were closed and only the select few were allowed to go in. Soon after, called up his advocates and senior leaders of the party for a meeting in his house. First to arrive was Principal Deputy Advocate General Chitranjan Sinha, Lalu's counsel in case. When asked about his visit, Sinha said he came to discuss a matter related to and not the

Then senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh arrived at Lalu's doorstep. He termed the raids as the central government's attempt to finish off opposition parties. In the next couple of hours, various leaders of the party arrived at Lalu's house and offered their unconditional support to the embattled politician. His sons, and Tej Pratap, remained at their father side most of the time. Leaders said that Prasad was not in tension and he was instructing the leaders about the future course of action.

Prasad, later in the day, took Twitter to lambast the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He "congratulated" the on "forging a new alliance" and asserted that he will keep fighting against the "fascist forces" till the last breath. spokesperson Manoj Jha, later, clarified Prasad's "jibe" saying that the was "using" the I-T department, CBI and other central agencies as its "alliance partners" against its adversaries, including the chief.

This comes after leader Sushil Kumar Modi revealed shady land dealings involving Prasad and his family member, particularly his sons and Yadav. Lalu, who accepted of his family owning several land properties worth hundreds of crore, said there was nothing wrong in it.

Bihar Chief Minister refused to comment on the matter. Kumar, on Monday, had dared the Centre to act against the first family of the He also said that the state government would not act against them. leaders have refused to comment on the matter. Later in the evening, both and attended a crucial cabinet meeting. Officials present said there was no tension. They said CM and Deputy CM spoke for a couple of minutes after the meeting as other ministers were leaving the room.