Madhya Pradesh Police, CRPF clash over Income Tax raids: The Income Tax Department sleuths conducted raids on more than 52 locations across the country and recovered undisclosed cash to the tune of Rs 10 to 15 crores (approx) on Sunday. Sleuths of the Income Tax Department raided the offices and residences of the close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath after receiving a specific tip-off about the presence of huge cash and jewellery at their residences.
The officials conducted raids over charges of tax evasion, hawala transactions and in search of black money. The reports suggest a strong possibility of this cash being used to bribe voters in the upcoming elections. After a series of raids at several places, IT officials shared a preliminary report of raids with the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Election Commission.
The raids were conducted at offices and residences of MP CM Kamal Nath’s former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pravin Kakkad, former adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law’s firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri’s company in Indore, Bhopal, Goa and Delhi. Reports added that Ashwin Sharma who is allegedly associated MP CM’s OSD Pravin Kakkad were also covered during the raid.
CRPF vs MP Police
Earlier the day, following the raids, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and Madhya Pradesh Police officials were engaged in an argument outside Ashwin Sharma’s the residence. Talking to the media, CRPF official Pradeep Kumar levelled allegations against the MP Police and said that state police interrupted in their work and abused them.
He added that CRPF personnel were only following seniors’ orders and performing their duty. Proceedings were on, that’s why they did not allow anyone to come in.
Reacting to the recent development in Madhya Pradesh, former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the IT department is doing its work, it’s their constitutional right. The CRPF forces performing their duty when they were stopped and the Madhya Pradesh Police clashed with them.
Referring to an incident, which took place several months ago, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had staged a sit-in as a mark of protest against the apathy of the Centre towards the state, “What Mamata Banner did in Bengal, Kamal Nath is going to do the same thing in Madhya Pradesh.