SWOOP ON KAMAL: Income Tax raids on Kamal Nath associates in Delhi, Bhopal

NEWS/ KAMAL

NEW DELHI/BHOPAL: Over 50 locations linked to Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamalnath were raided by the Income Tax department in Bhopal, Indore, Goa, and Delhi in a simultaneous swoop that started at 3am at night, and several crores of unaccounted money has reportedly been seized.

“Black money worth crores have been seized from the house of the private secretary of chief minister Kamal Nath,” BJP national secretary Vijay Vargiya was quoted in a report as saying. Another report said Rs nine crore was seized in one of the raids.

It was not clear whether the raids were linked to the Lok Sabha poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh.

Similar raids had been conducted against entities linked to the Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in Bangalore and elsewhere recently.

Kamalnath as Union Roads Minister under the UPA has a questionable reputation, and exposes in the Nira Radia tapes had embarrassed him. Kamalnath’s family has built a huge business empire in eastern Madhya Pradesh over the years. He entered politics as a chum of Sanjay Gandhi during the Emergency period, and is having a prosperous time all through.

Meanwhile, there was sensation a few days ago when the Enforcement Directorate summoned Kamalnath’s nephew Ratul Puri in relation to the AugustaWestland VVIP choppers scam and related money laundering cases. Kamalnath claimed that he has nothing to do with his nephew’s businesses.

Puri appeared before the Enforcement Directorate Thursday in connection with the case in Delhi. He is chairman of Hindustan Power projects Pvt Ltd. Puri is the son of Nita and Deepak Puri, the CMD of optical storage media firm Moser Baer. Nita is Nath’s sister. The about Rs 3,600crore deal to purchase AgustaWestland choppers for the transport of VVIPs was scrapped by India over allegations of corruption and kickbacks during the time the UPA II was in power and AK Antony the defence minister. EI-NN

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