Tejashwi Yadav has challenged claims of the Enforcement Directorate that proceeds of crime worth ₹600 crore were detected during the agency's money laundering probe in connection with the alleged land-for-jobs scam. The agency had searched the Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister's Delhi House in connection with the case on Friday.
"...People are saying, a lot of wealth has been recovered from me, 'thenga mila hai' I can challenge them...They first use to say Benami, why don't they say it now?," he told reporters in Patna.
#WATCH | In 2017 in the same style they did this...people are saying, a lot of wealth has been recovered from me, 'thenga mila hai' I can challenge them...They first use to say Benami, why don't they say it now?...: Bihar Dy CM Tejaswi Yadav pic.twitter.com/DaTB4tJEOR— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2023
According to a statement by ED, proceeds of crime amounting to ₹600 crore approximately was detected in the form of immovable properties of ₹350 crore and transactions of ₹250 crore routed through various benamidaars (front persons for benami properties). However, Yadav dismissed the claims as "false propoganda" and said that the investigative agencies are after him as if he's the “real Adani”.
"The CBI and ED have either got confused or my face matches with Adani's? Ignoring the scam of ₹80,000 crores, they have been raiding (my house) every two to four days for so many years, and they get nothing,” he said.
The ED conducted searches in multiple cities of Bihar on Friday in connection with a money laundering investigation into the land for jobs 'scam' case in which RJD leaders Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi were questioned recently by the CBI.
The searches are covering some leaders linked to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in towns like Patna and Phulwari Sharif, officials said.
(With PTI inputs)