IT issues final attachment order against Misa Bharti in money laundering case

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A final attachment order against Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband was issued by the Income Tax department. The department along with the Enforcement Directorate is probing cases of money laundering.

Misa Bharti

The IT department while issuing the order said that Lalu Yadav's relatives were beneficiaries of the immovable firm, AB Exports Private Ltd.

A provisional order for attachment--under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2016-- was issued by the department in June this year and now the order has been confirmed after adjudication.

The cases of other assets which were provisionally attached in June will also be processed similarly, they added.

The tax department had attached about a dozen plots and buildings in Delhi and Bihar including a farmhouse and land in the Palam Vihar area, a building in the upmarket New Friends Colony area of south Delhi, nine plots on a 256.75 decimal land area in Patna's Phulwari Sharif area, where a shopping mall was being constructed, among a few others in the same area in Bihar's capital.

The department has said these alleged benami assets bear a "deed" value of about Rs 9.32 crore but the taxman has estimated their current market value at Rs 170-180 crore.

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