Was black money worth crores recovered from Lalu Prasad Yadav’s house during the ED raid? Read – Fact Check
In Bihar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and his close associates got raided by ED-CBI in the Land for Job case. During this, many pictures regarding the action of ED-CBI are going viral on social media. Users are sharing several photos claiming that cash and jewelry were recovered during the raid on Lalu and his close ones.
Sharing a collage of 5 photos, a verified user named Shivam Tyagi wrote, “If you see this much money going in front of your eyes, then anyone will have a heart attack!!!”
On the collage, it was written – “Crores of black money found in Lalu’s house, Modi ji, don’t bother his pregnant daughter-in-law”
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This collage is made from 5 photos which DFRAC team has fact-checked separately.
- Fact Check of picture number 1:
The DFRAC team reverse-searched the image and found several media reports regarding this photo. The Hindustan Times report published on September 11, 2022 states that the ED seized Rs 18 crore by raiding a gaming app firm.
At the same time, it has been told in the report of India Today that ED has seized Rs 17.32 crore in the raid at the house of the gaming app trader.
- Fact Check of picture number 2:
On fact-checking the second picture, we found a report by Nagpur Today. In this report, ED reported that jewellery worth Rs 5.51 crore and cash worth Rs 1.21 crore have been seized during raids in Nagpur and Mumbai.
- Fact Check of picture number 3:
Through investigation, we found a tweet by ANI the tweet states that the ED conducted searches at 24 locations for the job scam, which resulted in the recovery of Rs 1 crore in cash, 1900 US dollars, 540 grams of gold bullion and over 1.5 kg of gold jewellery.
The fifth picture can also be seen in this tweet by ANI, which is in the viral collage.
- Fact Check of picture number 4:
On fact-checking the fourth photo, we found a report by Hans India. This report was published on 6 March 2023. According to this report, ED has raided 15 places in Mumbai and Nagpur.
At the same time, in another news site, a report is published in the same context. The report states that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday conducted searches and surveys at 15 places in Maharashtra’s Nagpur and Mumbai in connection with the investment fraud by Pankaj Mehdia, Lokesh and Kathik Jain in the raid Jewellery worth Rs 5.51 crore and cash worth Rs 1.21 crore have been seized.
DFRAC’s fact check reveals that the 3 pictures in the viral collage are not from the raid of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s and his associates house. The first picture is of Kolkata, while the second and fourth pictures are of ED raids in Mumbai and Nagpur. That is why the claim of social media users is wrong.