Trouble Time For Lalu Prasad’s Family


New Delhi: Trouble does not seem to end in near future for Lalu Prasad Yadav as the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday filed a chargesheet against the RJD supremo’s daughter Misa Bharti and son-in-law in the Rs 8000 crore money laundering case.

This is the second chargesheet filed by ED against Misa and her husband. Earlier on December 23, Misa, her husband and others have were named in the chargesheet filed in Patiala House Court in Delhi. The matter has been listed for consideration in the first week of January.

As per latest report, both chargesheets against Misa Bharti in the PMLA case will be considered on February 5. The ED had in July also filed a supplementary chargesheet against Bharti’s chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal in connection with the case in which it named around 35 accused, including businessmen brothers Surendra Jain and Virendra Jain and some companies.

Agarwal was accused of converting black money into a legal source of income through dubious transactions with the help of Surendra Kumar Jain and his brother Virendra Jain — known as Jain brothers.

The ED arrested the Jain brothers on March 20. In May, the ED filed its first chargesheeet in the case and thereafter, arrested Agrawal on May 22. Agrawal has also been accused of helping Bharti`s husband`s company, Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd “with some transactions”.

Misa had also been questioned in connection with the case and also raided three premises in Delhi belonging to Bharti and her husband, including the farmhouses located in the high-class localities of Ghitorni, Bijwasan and Sainik Farms. Lalu is at present lodged in Ranchi’s central jail since his conviction on December 23 in connection with a fodder scam.

Special judge Shivpal Singh was scheduled to pronounce the quantum of sentence on Wednesday but deferred after condoling the death of two lawyers, who passed away recently.
Earlier, he was awarded five years imprisonment in 2013 in a case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.61 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.