Now, Rabri Devi charged with acquiring 'benami property'

Now, Rabri Devi charged with acquiring 'benami property'
The day when Lalu Prasad’s parliamentarian daughter Misa Bharti skipped questioning by the Income Tax department in an alleged proxy property case, her mother and former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi on Tuesday was also charged with acquiring benami property in Patna.

Rabri has been charged with accepting a ‘gift’ in the form of a land that worth Rs 30.8 lakh from an unknown person called Lallan Choudhary. Lallan, who is believed to be a resident of Siwan, said in the registered deed that since Rabri had helped him financially, so the donor deemed it fit to donate the land to the former Chief Minister on January 25, 2014.

“The donor is very close to the donee for a long time and the donee is also financially helping and rendering service to him for a long time and therefore the donor disclosed his intense desire to make gift this said property,” says the registered deed.

The BJP has, meanwhile, smelt a rat in the alleged shady benami property transaction. Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi, who said the entire exercise appeared to have been done allegedly to convert Rabri’s black money into white, has posed five questions to the former Chief Minister.

First, who is this Lallan Choudhary who gave away his 1088 square feet land in Patna worth 30.8 lakh as a gift to Rabri Devi? Is Lallan her relative? Or a party MLA/MP?.

Secondly, how come the land which Lallan purchased in Patna in 2009 for 3.97 lakh became worth Rs 30.8 lakhs in 2014?

Thirdly, from where he got the money to pay Rs 3.97 lakh for the land? Was it through ‘financial help’ from Rabri?
Fourth, why would someone sustain a loss of Rs 30.8 lakh by gifting his land to Rabri unless and until the gesture is reciprocated? If it was so, how was Lallan benefited?

Fifth, to unravel the mystery, the identity of the person concerned Lallan should be made public so as to clear the air. Or else, it will be construed that Rabri purchased a land for Rs 3.97 lakh through this proxy person and got it registered in her name through a gift in 2014.

Modi, for the last two months, has been exposing how Lalu’s family members had been ‘gifted’ with immoveable properties worth crores by former union ministers Kanti Singh and Raghunath Jha and present Bihar Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui. Months prior to this disclosure, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch a crack-down on those who own benami property.

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