The Income Tax Department on Sunday launched pre-dawn searches on Sunday on at least 50 locations in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh against people linked to senior Congress leader and state chief minister Kamal Nath on charges of alleged tax evasion.
Reacting to the Income Tax searches on the premises of his close aides, the Madhya Pradesh CM released a statement saying that the whole situation of the income tax raids is not clear yet and will only issue a statement once the situation is clear.
"The whole situation of income tax raids is not yet clear. Only after all the situation is clear, it is appropriate to say something on this," Kamal Nath's statement read.
Alleging that the investigative agencies have been misused ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the senior Congress leader went onto
"The whole nation knows about the constitutional institutions and the people who have been using them in the last 5 years. They use them to scare people. When they do not have to speak on development, then they adopt such tactics against opponents. From these incidents, our steps to the path of development will not stop. We will not be afraid, but we will move forward on the path of development. The people of the state know the truth," he claimed in the statement.
On Sunday, raids were conducted on multiple locations in Indore, Bhopal and Delhi (Green Park) and those being searched included Kamla Nath's former OSD Pravin Kakkar, former advisor Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law's firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri's company.
Earlier in March, Ratul Puri was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi in connection with the Rs 3,6000 AgustaWestland helicopters purchase probe. Some reports claim that Ratul Puri was allegedly named by both middlemen Rajeev Saxena and Sushen Mohan Gupta during their interrogation.