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IT dept raids premises linked to Delhi Minister Gahlot, seizes Rs 35L cash; political vendetta:AAP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Income Tax(I-T) Department Wednesday conducted searches on multiple premises linked to leader and Transport minister in connection with a evasion case and seized about Rs 35 lakh in cash, officials said.

The raids sparked condemnation from Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) with seeking an apology from to people for what he called "constantly troubling" his government. The also dubbed the raids as "political vendetta".

Another leader accused the government of trying to "intimidate" for successfully leading the party's legal battle against disqualification of its 20 MLAs in the High Court and for implementing a scheme for doorstep delivery of essential

The Najafgarh MLA, who is an by profession, holds charge of several departments in the

They include Law and Administrative Reforms department that are handling the matter of disqualification of 20 AAP legislators for holding posts of parliamentary secretary, and the doorstep delivery of services scheme, respectively.

The BJP's demanded removal of from his post

An official, who did not want to be named, said the raids were conducted at 16 locations in the national capital and adjoining Gurgaon by a team of over 60 sleuths and police personnel.

The said an amount of about Rs 35 lakh in cash was seized from various premises and also claimed to have recovered "incriminating documents" of multiple accomodation entries and benami assets.

An accomodation entry refers to documents that reflect fake loans transacted by bogus or shell firms in order to evade taxes.

A benami asset denotes properties which are purchased by people from their ill-gotten wealth through a dummy or in the name of a different person.

The search teams, the said, raided locations in Delhi's upscale residential areas like Vasant Kunj and Defence Colony, offices and residences in Paschim Vihar, Najafgarh, Laxmi Nagar and Palam Vihar area in Gurgaon.

The searches, that were on till late evening, are being conducted as part of a evasion probe against two firms -- and and -- that are operated and owned by the family members of Gahlot, the said.

The official said multiple undisclosed transactions and alleged under-reporting of profits has led the department to launch a evasion probe against the promoters of the two firms and their operations, the official said.

While the former company is engaged in the real estate sector, the latter is said to be a Non-(NBFC).

"Friendship with Nirav and Mallya and raid on us? Modiji you conducted raids on me, Satyendar and Manish what happened to those (raids). Nothing was found.

"So before you go with another raid at least apologise to Delhi people for troubling their elected government," Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

Another AAP leader said the central agencies including the CBI, the and the should disclose if it found anything related to "corruption" during their raids on AAP leaders and ministers.

"Many such raids happened in the past but nothing substantial came out and nor any charge sheet was filed," he said.

said the AAP supports investigation of allegations, but asked why single out only the party's leaders and ministers

"No matter which agency Modi and (Amit)Shah send after us, we will not be intimidated and continue to serve people in Delhi," she told a conference.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 21:00 IST