A team of 200 I-T official swarmed the premises of the properties of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath’s aides. 10-14 crores were recovered from the area.
The Income Tax Department on Sunday launched raids at 52 locations, including in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, against close aides of MP CM and others on charges of tax evasion and hawala transactions, officials said. There are speculations that the cash was to be used to fund the campaign and bribe voters.
A preliminary report of the raids has been shared with the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the policy-making body of the I-T department, and the Election Commission in Delhi, the sources told news agency PTI.
There is more cash coming in and more counting machines are being brought in. The search operation is being carried out by the investigation wing of the department in Delhi with assistance from its units in Bhopal and neighbouring Raipur. They seem to be used buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis to fan out in the state to keep the surprise element intact.
A drama escalated in the evening with state police arriving at the residence of Ashwin Sharma, associate of Nath’s aide Praveen Kakkar. The police officers wanted entry into the restricted area claiming the they have been receiving complaints from the residents of the complex that their movement was being restricted by the CRPF personnel. The I-T officials closed down the residence with the help of the CRPF so they could do their job.
CM Kamal Nath alleged that the raids were just a gimmick of the BJP ahead of the elections. As a leader of the Indian National Congress he has served as the Minister of Urban Development.