Delhi minister Kailash Gahlot faces I-T raids, Kejriwal alleges vendetta
On Wednesday morning, the Income Tax Department started carrying out raids in 16 locations linked to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, including his Vasant Kunj residence.
Reportedly, the raids are being carried out as part of the I-T Department's probe into two companies owned and operated by members of Gahlot's family.
However, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has alleged political vendetta.
Here are the details.
Kejriwals calls fresh I-T raids political vendetta
What we know about the I-T Department raids
Among the 16 locations, searches are underway at Brisk Infrastructure and Developers Ltd and Corporate International Financial Services Ltd, the two companies linked to Gahlot's family.
According to news agency PTI, the raids are being conducted as part of a tax evasion probe, prompted by multiple suspicious transactions and alleged under-reporting of profits on part of the two companies.
Other locations where searches were carried out
Among the two companies, Brisk Infrastructure and Development is engaged in the real estate sector, while Corporate International Financial Services is said to be a non-banking financial services company.
In addition to raiding their premises and Gahlot's residence, the I-T Department also carried out searches in offices and residences of Delhi's Defence Colony, Paschim Vihar, Najafgarh, Laxmi Nagar, and Gurugram's Palam Vihar area.
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How Kejriwal and AAP officials reacted to the raids
Reacting to the raids, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the raids were a manifestation of political vendetta against the AAP government by the BJP.
Similarly, deputy CM Manish Sisodia's media adviser, Arunoday Prakash said that the BJP "won't be able to bog AAP down" with the raids, and warned that the "AAP has been counting raids" since it beat the BJP in elections.
Kejriwal takes to Twitter to blast the BJP
नीरव मोदी, माल्या से दोस्ती और हम पर रेड?— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 10, 2018
मोदी जी, आपने मुझ पे, सत्येन्द्र पे और मनीष पे भी तो रेड करवाई थीं? उनका क्या हुआ? कुछ मिला? नहीं मिला? तो अगली रेड करने के पहले दिल्ली वालों से उनकी चुनी सरकार को निरंतर परेशान करने के लिए माफ़ी तो माँग लीजिए? https://t.co/GUGEb0dwL5