The raids could be linked to a case of suspected cash deposits made post-demonetisation.
The Income Tax Department on Tuesday searched a dozen properties in Delhi and Lucknow linked to a retired IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, who served in top positions during former Chief Minister Mayawati’s administration, in connection with an alleged tax evasion case, news agency PTI reported.
The premises raided by the department are linked to 1979-batch Indian Administrative Service officer Net Ram, now retired. Ram was secretary to then UP CM Mayawati during 2002-03, her third stint in power in the state.
According to news agency PTI, the department is looking at instances of alleged tax evasion by making bogus entries of transactions or businesses worth Rs 90 crore.
Reportedly, the raids could be linked to a case of suspected cash deposits made post-demonetisation.
The officer has served in various capacities in UP, including heading the excise, sugar industries and cane department, stamp and registration, food and civil supplies department.
Earlier, in January the Enforcement Directorate conducted various searches in connection with alleged irregularities, during BSP supremo tenure as the CM, of over several crores in the construction of memorials in the state.
Reportedly, ED has filed a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to investigate the instances after taking cognisance of a 2014 state vigilance department complaint.
The complaint was filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act and various sections of IPC and it pertained to alleged financial irregularities in the memorial constructions, including statues of Kanshi Ram, BSP founder, and the party’s poll symbol ‘elephant’, during Mayawati’s regime between 2007 and 2012.