In the aftermath of the confrontation between the Madhya Pradesh police and CRPF, following the IT raids conducted in Bhopal, former CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan made a scathing remark, saying that corruption has transformed his peaceful state into a battleground to destroy the Constitution. He also questioned the action by the MP Police to act in midst of Model Code of Conduct.
Adding that the MP government under Kamal Nath is obstructing the investigation, former CM and BJP veteran also claimed:
"India's Income tax department does investigation only on the basis of definite evidence. They are getting hold of the hoarded wealth. Instead of supporting the investigative agency, government and CM is trying to stop the investigation. It is the Constitutional right of the Income-tax department, they investigate and then take action. CRPF was present, even then they sent MP Police force. Why are you fearing? Why are they fearful? What are they fearing? By sending MP police, they have given patronage to corruption".
IT searches on Sunday divulged that Rs. 281 crores have been collected from MP CM Kamal Nath's MLAs, and from businessmen for the election funding of Congress party. It was also informed by the sources that Rs. 20 crores were sent to the AICC headquarters on Saturday.
Furthermore, the sources have informed that the Income Tax department is conducting widespread raids since Sunday morning across India. The raids which began at 3:00 am are being done in 50 locations in Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi, the sources added. Among those who under the I-T scanner in the raids are Madhya Pradesh CM's nephew Ratul Puri and the Congress leader's close aides.
On Monday IT raids continue in the state with the IT department raiding Ashwin Sharma, an associate of Praveen Kakkar (OSD to Madhya Pradesh CM).