Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath on Tuesday alleged that the Income Tax department raids against several of his close aides were politically motivated.
Those raided were CM’s nephew Ratul Puri, officer on special duty (OSD) to Nath, Praveen Kakkar and a close associate RK Miglani. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Monday said that searches by the I-T department have detected “widespread and well-organized racket” of collection of unaccounted cash of about Rs 281 crore through persons involved in business.
“They (raids) are politically motivated. They won’t be successful,” Kamal Nath was quoted as saying by ANI in Chhindwara. Nath filed his nomination papers for Chhindwara assembly seat by-poll while his son Nakul filed nomination papers for Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat.
At a poll rally on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the opposition over the I-T raids. “A part of the cash was also transferred to the headquarter of a major political party in Delhi including about Rs 20 cr [crore] which was moved through hawala recently to the headquarter of the political party from the residence of a senior functionary at Tughlak Road, New Delhi,” CBDT said in a statement.