In another major crackdown by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the Income Tax department is conducting raids in different locations targetting bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh, reported news agency ANI. The raids are being conducted in six cities of Uttar Pradesh covering 15 locations and four officers of the state Government. The agency reported that the raids are taking place in the premises of Addl CEO Greater Noida Authority, Senior officer in UP govt health Ministry and RTO Mamta Sharma. Yogi Adityanath has maintained a strong stand against financial irregularities. Last month, the Income Tax department had conducted raids on four government functionaries in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand covering 20 premises.
Back then, approximately Rs 10 crore of undisclosed money was allegedly found when the I-T department conducted raids at the residence/business premises of a local body chairman of Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharth Nagar, according to Times Now. The raid was conducted at the house of an Additional Sales Tax Commissioner and jewellery was seized from the house as well. The department had asked the officer to join the investigation himself as more than half-a-dozen I-T officers searched his Noida property.
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8 Government officials in UP under the I-T scanner, raids being conducted at 15 locations in the state and New Delhi pic.twitter.com/uNjjUTCSVW
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Apart from this, the Adityanath government has also started a fight against corruption in petrol pumps. The Uttar Pradesh STF raided many petrol pumps in the state capital, Lucknow last month and arrested 2 people. It also raided two petrol pumps in Muzaffarnagar following the irregularities found in fuel dispensing machines. According to the PTI, Muzaffarnagar’s District Supply Officer, Madan Yadav had led a team raiding a petrol pump in the district. The raid, in Lucknow, however, had been carried out by the Special Task Force. Following the raids, 10 petrol pump workers had been detained by the police in the state capital.
As per a report by ANI, the task force also recovered 15 electronic chips and 29 remote controls from these petrol pumps. The report said that a chip like a device, which costs Rs 3000, was placed inside the petrol dispensing machine that did the job for the thieves.