Rajasthan: Congress leaders, CM Ashok Gehlot’s close aides, raided by Income Tax department, say reports

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Updated: Jul 13, 2020 3:15 PM

Rajasthan: Income Tax sleuths have raided at the premises of Dharmendra Rathod and Rajiv Arora. Both are considered close to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

rajasthan political crisis I-T raids at minister Dharmendra Rathod, Rajiv Arora’s residences. Both are considered close to CM Ashok Gehlot.

Amidst a deepening crisis in Rajasthan, the Income Tax sleuths are reported to have conducted raids at the premises of Dharmendra Rathod and Rajiv Arora. Both are considered close to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

According to initial TV reports, the Rajasthan Police was not informed about the I-T raid.

The searches are being conducted in connection with a tax evasion case against a Rajasthan-based hydropower infrastructure company and some linked business groups.

According to officials, the raids have been launched early morning in Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Kota and premises of the promoters are being covered. At least 80 tax sleuths apart from police officials are part of the action.

They said the department initiated action on the basis of inputs of huge cash transactions taking place and the business group’s alleged links to these transactions.

The group being searched has interests in hydro mechanical equipments and was awarded a contract to build a dam in Rajasthan in 2018. Searches are also being conducted on a person liked to this business group who owns a jewellery group in Jaipur.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan government chief whip Mahesh Joshi condemned the income tax raids on premises linked to the Congress leaders.

“I condemn this. The raids are uncalled for and intended at threatening but we are not going to be distracted or scared by this,” he said. “Entire country is watching this,” Joshi added.

 

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