Amid political crisis, I-T raids Rajasthan Congress leaders

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department today raided two aides of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, even as a political crisis unfolded in the State due to rebellion by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.

The department conducted searches in four cities, including Delhi and Jaipur, in connection with a tax evasion case against a Rajasthan-based hydropower infrastructure company and some linked business groups, officials said.

They said the raids have been launched early morning in Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Kota and premises of the promoters are being covered.

At least 80 tax sleuths apart from police officials are part of the action, they said.

They said the department initiated action on the basis of inputs of huge cash transactions taking place and the business group’s alleged links to these transactions.

Searches were carried out in several locations, including office and residence of Congress leader Dharmendra Rathore and one Rajiv Arora, a member of State Congress Office, reports said.

 

NT Bureau