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IT raids 22 locations linked to Lalu's 'benami' land deals

IANS  |  New Delhi/Patna 

The Department on Tuesday conducted raids at over 22 places in and in connection with alleged Rs 1,000 crore benami land deals involving RJD chief Yadav.

Besides the Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo, the IT raids were also carried out on the premises of party MP P.C. Gupta's residence as well as several businessmen and real estate agents in and Haryana's Gurugram and Rewari.

The raids started around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, in which over 100 officials were involved.

officials also searched over 10 premises of some government officials.

The IT Department's action comes in the wake of the allegations made by former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.

Modi has accused and his children - Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Rajya Sabha Parliamentarian Misa Bharti - of being involved in corrupt land deals.

Bihar on Monday said if there was documentary proof or solid evidence against the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief and his family then the central government should take legal action.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had demanded a CBI probe into the "shady" land deals.

Union Law Minister has alleged that RJD chief's daughter Misa Bharti has not disclosed these alleged assets in her election affidavit and has demanded that the Election Commission take action against her.

The BJP leader also alleged that the land deals were done during Lalu Prasad's tenure as Union Railway Minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Following the IT raids, Sushil Kumar Modi, who has been repeatedly accusing and his family in the "benami" properties case, told the media in Patna that his stand was "vindicated".

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