New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minsiter Kamal Nath’s officer on special duty (OSD) Praveen Kakkar on Tuesday finally spoke out on the raids conducted by the Income Tax officials on the CM’s residence and offices. Praveen termed the raids as “political operation” and said that the officials couldn’t find anything “objectionable”.
“Despite the 2-day long raid they didn’t find any document that they could seize, they didn’t recover any cash or jewellery either. They didn’t find anything objectionable, it was a political operation,” Praveen Kakkar told news agency ANI.
Notably, the department had on Sunday launched pre-dawn raids at 52 locations of people and associates linked to Nath by involving about 300 tax sleuths.
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 the 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.
Meanwhile, the Income-Tax Department on Monday said it had detected a “widespread and well-organised” racket of a collection of unaccounted cash of about Rs 281 crore during raids against close aides of Kamal Nath and others. It said 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. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said the department has also detected a trail of Rs 20 crore suspect cash allegedly being moved to the “headquarters of a major political party in Delhi” from the house of an important person who lives on Tughlaq Road, home to many VIPs.