Bhopal : BJP and Congress leaders broke into a war of words as IT raids (Income Tax Department) at least 50 locations linked to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath.
While Kamal Nath said BJP is misusing Constitutional bodies for political gains as it can sense defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, former CM and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan hit back saying Kamal Nath is going the Mamata Banerjee way and stopping Income Tax officers from doing their jobs.
Reacting to the IT Raids on the premises of his close aides, Kamal Nath on Sunday said the BJP was taking such actions for electoral gains sensing defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The Income Tax (IT) department launched pre-dawn searches on at least 50 locations in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh (Indore and Bhopal) against people linked to Nath on charges of alleged tax evasion, officials said.
The searches were linked to suspected movement of hawala money during the ongoing poll season and tax evasion, they added.
Shivraj, on the other hand, told ANI, “IT dept is doing its work, it’s their constitutional right. CRPF soldiers were on duty, they were being stopped; MP Police clashed with CRPF. What Mamata did in Bengal, the same game is being played in MP. It’s an attempt to save corrupts.”
Chouhan added, “Cash is being recovered, documents are found, properties are unearthed. I’m surprised that the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh instead of cooperating, he is trying to stop the Income Tax department’s proceedings.”
The BJP-led central government also came under fire from former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
Expressing ignorance about the cash found during Sunday’s I-T raids, Singh said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could go to any extent (to have its way).
MP Police and CRPF Clashes as Income Tax Dept raids on Kamal Nath-linked properties continue
Indore / Bhopal : As a team of over 200 Income Tax officials swooped in on 50 different premises linked to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on Sunday, CRPF personnel who were involved in the raids, broke into a scuffle with the state police force during the raids that continued in the evening.
CRPF personnel stationed outside the residence of Ashwin Sharma, associate of Praveen Kakkar, who is the OSD to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, engaged in an argument with MP Police officers.
The scuffle broke out when MP Police officers tried to enter the premises where Income Tax officials were still continuing with the raids.
Later, speaking to ANI, Bhupinder Singh, SP City (Bhopal), said, “We have nothing to do with Income Tax and the ongoing raids. It’s a residential complex, there are people inside who need medical assistance and they are calling the regional Police Inspector (TI / SHO) for help. They have closed the entire complex because of the raids.”
Soon, CRPF Assistant Commandant Mr. Pradeep Kumar said, “Madhya Pradesh Police aren’t letting us work, they are hurling abuses at us. We are only following the orders of our seniors. Seniors have asked us to not let anybody in. Proceedings are on, that is why we’re not letting anybody in and only performing our duty.”
The Income Tax raids at premises linked to Madhya Pradesh CM started early on Sunday morning around 3am.
According to PTI, officials said the searches are linked to suspected movement of hawala money during the ongoing poll season and tax evasion.
Locations in Indore, Bhopal and Delhi (Green Park) were being raided and those being searched included Kamal Nath’s former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pravin Kakkar, former adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law’s firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri’s company.
According to eyewitnesses, during the Income Tax Department searches conducted at the residence of Praveen Kakkar, former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Nath, in the Vijay Nagar area of the city, armed CRPF personnel were seen posted outside the house.
According to PTI, the entire operation was carried out by the Delhi unit of the I-T department in a very secretive manner.