Yadav further claimed that the ED had finished the raid on his residence in half an hour but remained behind awaiting “clearance from above”.
“Whether it is Union Home Minister Amit Shah or anyone else, the director repeating the same script for these agencies must now be changed,” the RJD leader told reporters.
“We are not, like the BJP-RSS, students of whole political science. We are practitioners of real politics and we have the conviction and public support to deal with it. But they are afraid and trying to run away from the political battle.” he said.
Last week, ED said that crime proceeds amounting to Rs 600 crore were detected during searches of premises owned by Lalu Prasad Yadav and close family members in connection with a money laundering case linked to land ‘swindle’ in exchange for railroad work.
Land for Job scam: ED detects Rs 600 crore in ‘proceeds of crime’ in raid against Lalu Prasad’s family
The “scam” concerns a period between 2004 and 2009 when Lalu was Minister of Railways in the Congress-led UPA government and involves his alleged misuse of the office to distribute jobs to people in exchange for land plots land that were transferred at nominal prices to relatives of the RJD boss.
During the searches, Rs 53 lakh in cash, $1,900 in foreign currency, 540 grams of gold bars, more than 1.5 kg of gold jewelery and incriminating documents and electronic devices were seized, the ED said.
(With agency input)