New Delhi: The raids carried out in Madhya Pradesh have detected a “widespread and well-organised” racket of collection of unaccounted cash of Rs 281 crore, the Income Tax department said. In a statement issued late night, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which frames policy for the I-T Department, claimed that the sleuths have recovered Rs 14.6 crore of ‘unaccounted’ cash and seized diaries and computer files of suspect payments made between Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.
“A part of the cash was also transferred to the headquarter of a major political party in Delhi, including about Rs 20 crore which was moved through hawala recently to the headquarter of the political party from the residence of a senior functionary at Delhi’s Tughlak Road,” it said without identifying the political party and the senior functionary.
The statement said that records of collection and disbursement of cash “in the form of hand- written diaries, computer files and excel sheets were found and seized and it corroborates the above findings”.
It added,”Unaccounted cash of Rs 14.6 crore, 252 bottles of liquor, few arms and hide-skins of tiger were also found. Searches in Delhi in the group of a close relative of the senior functionary have further led to the seizure of “incriminating evidence, including cash book recording unaccounted transactions of Rs 230 crore, siphoning off money through bogus billing of more than Rs 242 crore and evidence of more than 80 companies in tax havens.”
The CBDT said several unaccounted/benami properties at posh locations in Delhi have also been detected. It said these “instances of violations of the model code of conduct are being brought to the notice of the Election Commission”.
On Sunday morning, around 300 Income Tax officials had raided the residences of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s former private secretary Praveen Kakkar in Indore and former advisor Rajendra Kumar Miglani in Delhi in connection with an alleged hawala case. The searches continued Monday at various premises in Bhopal, Indore, Goa, Delhi and the national capital region.
The Election Commission (EC) had on Sunday asked the Finance Ministry that any action by its enforcement agencies during election time should be ‘neutral’ and ‘non-discriminatory’. The poll panel also asked the ministry to keep its (EC) officials in loop about such actions.
“The Election Commission strongly advises that all enforcement actions during the election period, even when conducted ruthlessly with a view to curb the blatant electoral malpractice (of using money power to influence voter behaviour), be absolutely neutral, impartial and non-discriminatory. Further, in case of suspected use of such illicit money for electoral purposes, the Chief Electoral Officer should be kept suitably informed while the Model Code of Conduct is in force,” the Election Commission had said a letter to the Union revenue secretary.