Income tax raids at CM Kamal Nath’s aides concluded on the third day on Tuesday. The raids that started with huge haul of cash ended up with recovery of animal hides and trophies. IT officials have submitted a report on raids to chief electoral officer of MP before leaving for Delhi. IT officials called forest officials after they winded up their operations and informed them about seizure related with their department.
The seizure from Ashwini Sharma included trophy of a tiger, chinkara and a black buck. Hide of a chinkara was also found from Sharma’s place besides an expensive- artificial hide- that looked like a real one. Forest officials issued a show cause notice to Ashwini Sharma under Wildlife Protection Act and demanded documents related to trophies and hides. In his response Sharma has maintained that IT officials have seized all the documents therefore he should be given time to produce them.
IT raids had covered CM’s OSD Praveeen Kakkad’s residence and offices in Indore and Bhopal. CM’s advisor RK Miglani’s residence and offices in Delhi too were raided. In the state capital, raids were also conducted on Ashwini Sharma and his close aide Prateek Joshi. Raids had hauled huge amount of cash besides incriminating documents indicating a hawala racket that had benefitted a political party.
In Delhi, revenue secretary AB Pandey and chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) PC Mody had a meeting with election commissioner and submitted a report on raids and recovery of items to the ECI.
A political ops: Nath’s OSD
Indore: Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Praveen Kakkar, in Indore on Tuesday, termed the income-tax raids at his residence and other places a “political operation”.
No pol motive in raids: Revenue tells EC
Senior Revenue Department officials, here on Tuesday, met the EC and briefed it on the process of search, surveys and raids.According to sources, the department officials told the EC the raids do not violate the model code of conduct in any manner. They also informed the EC they cannot share or discuss or disclose the timing of raids until substantial evidence is found.
Cong accountant questioned
I-T officers questioned Congress accountant SM Moin about certain transactions after they searched the properties of CM Kamal Nath’s aides on Sunday, sources said on Tuesday.
Report on ID raids submitted to EC
The IT officials submitted a detailed report to the chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao on Tuesday morning. Talking to Free Press Rao said that the report has been sent to the Election Commission of India immediately. Contd. on P10
Report on ID…
The seizures of cash and other valuable items received during the raid will not be added in seizure made by the state; rather ECI will mention it in their account as the operation was conducted by Delhi team, said Rao. Rao has also written to SP and collector of Bhopal to probe into number of guns seized by the IT team.