Hours after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) released its statement on raids at Lalu Prasad Yadav‘s family premises claiming that it recovered unaccounted ₹ 1 crore cash, RJD leader Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav slammed the BJP government for “spreading rumours” and “planting news” and challenged it to release the “seizure list” that contains all names.
“Instead of spreading misleading rumours here and there and getting news planted by the BJP government by quoting sources, the list of the panchnama (seizure list) should be made public. If we make it public, will these poor politicians have any respect left? Think,” Tejashwi tweeted in Hindi.
He also said that no cash was seized from his place and the ED’s statement was a bluff.
The central agency said searches at 24 locations in Delhi-National Capital Region, Patna, Mumbai and Ranchi led to the recovery of unaccounted ₹ 1 crore cash, foreign currency of $1,900, 540 gram gold bullion, over 1.5 kg of gold jewellery worth ₹ 1.25 crore and property documents in the name of Yadav’s family members.
Lalu Prasad Yadav and leaders of his RJD and Opposition leaders including their ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar have dismissed all the allegations by the ED as politically motivated.
“Action is being taken suddenly after five years. Why didn’t they pursue the case then?” Kumar told reporters.