Enforcement Directorate arrests CA of Lalu's daughter Misa Bharti

Judith Bessette
Mai 24, 2017

The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday arrested Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti's Chartered Accountant - Rajesh Agarwal, in connection with the money trail scam of around Rs. 8000 crore would be produced before the Patiala court. "The allegations include acquiring disproportionate assets with unknown source of income and money laundering", said an official requesting anonymity.

The firm Mishail, allegedly linked to Misa Bharti, who is also a member of Parliament, and close to two dozen entities linked to it are under scanner of the Income Tax Department in a Rs 1,000-crore dubious land deals case and the taxman had conducted multiple raids in this connection sometime back in and around the national capital.

The ED said the Jain brothers had been maintaining a ledger account in Agrawal's name. The ED suspects the Jains - who are in judicial custody - had routed black money belonging to influential people, including politicians, through shell companies.

The ED official said that Agrawal was dealing as a mediator between persons possessing illegal money and Jain brothers, owners of Jagat Projects Ltd, who are accused of "benami" (proxy) transactions involving over Rs 200 crore through shell companies. Misa is an active shareholder and director in the firm along with her husband, Shailesh Kumar, ED officials told HT. The ED had arrested the Jain brothers on March 20. Last week, income tax officers had raided almost 20 premises looking for evidence about Lalu and his family's proxy land deals to the tune of 1,000 crores.

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The brothers have been accused of laundering the unaccounted money of Jagat Projects Private Limited amounting to around Rs 64 crore.

Modi claimed that Agrawal has admitted to ED that shares of the firm were at the rate of Rs 100 in 2008- three years after the firm was closed, and purchased again at the rate of Rs 10 per share 11 months later.

Addressing a press conference here, BJP leader Sushil Modi urged Lalu to accept ownership of the Delhi's Bijwasan area farmhouse like he had accepted ownership of his sons' shopping mall worth Rs 750 crore.

Meanwhile, latching onto the development, the BJP demanded that the Bihar government too take action against the shell companies operating in the state.

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