Misa Bharti, husband get bail in money laundering case

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo of Misa Bharti, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of RJD chief Lalu Yadav.

File Photo of Misa Bharti, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of RJD chief Lalu Yadav.

A special court in New Delhi on Monday granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband, who are facing summons in a money laundering case. The two had moved bail applications this morning.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted them relief on a personal bond of Rs two lakh with a surety of a like amount each and directed them not to leave the country without prior permission of the court.

The ED had opposed the bail plea of the accused, saying they indulged in a “very serious” economic offence. “Persons on such a post are committing such kind of activities which are totally against the nation,” ED counsel Atul Tripathi said.

The court asked if the probe agency had arrested the couple during the case investigation to which the ED replied in the negative. This prompted the court to ask ED, “Why do you now want the court to take them in custody?”

The court had on February 8 issued summonses against Bharti, her husband and her firm Mishail Packers and Printers as accused in the case after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed by the ED.

The ED had on December 23 filed its final report against Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar.
The agency had earlier attached a Delhi farmhouse of the couple in connection with its money-laundering probe. The farmhouse, located at 26, Palam Farms in south Delhi’s Bijwasan area, was attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

It belonged to Bharti and Kumar and was “held in the name of M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited”, the central probe agency had said.

“It was purchased in 2008-09, using Rs 1.2 crore involved in money laundering,” it had alleged.

The agency had raided the farmhouse and a few other locations in July last year as part of its probe against two brothers — Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain — and others, who were alleged to have laundered several crores of rupees using shell companies.

The Jain brothers, currently on bail, were arrested by the ED under the PMLA.

The ED had also arrested Rajesh Agrawal, a chartered accountant who had allegedly mediated and provided a cash amount of “Rs 90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium”.

Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors in this firm in the past.

The ED had alleged that the Jain brothers, Agrawal and the daughter and son-in-law of the former Bihar chief minister were the “key persons behind the laundering of Rs 1.2 crore”.

(With inputs from PTI)