I-T raids bizmen close to Aaditya Thackeray

Mumbai: Income Tax Department officials have raided the house of Rahul Kanal, who is said to be close to Aaditya Thackeray, the Minister of Tourism and Environment in the Maharashtra government.

Rahul Kanal is a leader of the Shiv Sena’s youth wing and a trustee of the Shirdi Sai Sansthan. Apart from this, the houses of other Shiv Sena-related office-bearers have also been raided.

According to reports, Transport Minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab’s aide Sanjay Kadam’s house has also been raided.

When asked about the raids, Aaditya said Central agencies were being used as a publicity machinery of the Bharatiya Janata Party and misused in other parts of the country too.

‘Central agencies (have been) misused in the past too – it happened in Bengal, Andhra Pradesh – and now, it is happening in Maharashtra. Central agencies have in a way become publicity machinery of BJP itself. Maharashtra will not bow down,’ he said.