The I-T department conducted raids and surveys at 22 locations in Delhi and NCR, saying they were looking into alleged benami deals involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, worth over Rs. 1000 crore.
The BJP had recently accused him of being part of several illegal land deals.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded a government probe into the allegations.
Lalu Yadav under I-T scanner
What are the allegations?
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that Lalu Prasad's daughter had failed to declare these assets in her declaration submitted to the Election Commission.
He added that the deals took place when Lalu Prasad was Railways Minister under the UPA government.
He asked Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to enact a special law to confiscate such illegal properties.
Prove allegations first, says Nitish
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said "This is not an issue that falls in the domain of the state government nor in the company law of Bihar. If the BJP has documents, then it should take legal recourse to prove their accusations."
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