As a team of over 200 Income Tax officials swooped in on 50 different premises linked to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on Sunday, CRPF personnel who were involved in the raids, broke into a scuffle with the state police force during the raids that continued in the evening.
CRPF personnel stationed outside the residence of Ashwin Sharma, associate of Praveen Kakkar, who is the OSD to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, engaged in an argument with MP Police officers.
The scuffle broke out when MP Police officers tried to enter the premises where Income Tax officials were still continuing with the raids.
Later, speaking to ANI, Bhupinder Singh, SP City (Bhopal), said, “We have nothing to do with Income Tax and the ongoing raids. It’s a residential complex, there are people inside who need medical assistance and they are calling the local SHO for help. They have closed the entire complex because of the raids.”
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Soon, CRPF official Pradeep Kumar said, “Madhya Pradesh Police aren’t letting us work, they are hurling abuses at us. We are only following the orders of our seniors. Seniors have asked us to not let anybody in. Proceedings are on, that is why we’re not letting anybody in and only performing our duty.”
The Income Tax raids at premises linked to Madhya Pradesh CM started early on Sunday morning around 3am.
According to PTI, officials said the searches are linked to suspected movement of hawala money during the ongoing poll season and tax evasion.
Locations in Indore, Bhopal and Delhi (Green Park) were being raided and those being searched included Kamal Nath’s former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pravin Kakkar, former adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law’s firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri’s company.
Both Kakkar and Miglani resigned from their posts just before the Lok Sabha polls were declared.
For the raids in the Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh, the Income Tax department roped in the CRPF in an unusual move as they generally take the assistance of state police forces.
According to eyewitnesses, during the I-T searches conducted at the residence of Praveen Kakkar, former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Nath, in the Vijay Nagar area of the city, armed CRPF personnel were seen posted outside the house.
According to PTI, the entire operation was carried out by the Delhi unit of the I-T department in a very secretive manner.
(With agency inputs)