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Sunday 19 January 2020

Were former officers of Kamal Nath funding election campaign through hawala?

After raiding the residences of Rajendra Kumar Miglani and Praveen Kakkar, I-T officers accused them of money laundering for election

New Delhi/Indore: The income tax department conducted raids on Sunday at the Delhi residence of former adviser of Kamal Nath, Rajendra Kumar Miglani. The department raided the Indore residence of the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s former OSD Praveen Kakkar too.

Sources said that the raids were done in connection with some transaction of money. So far, Rs 9 crore has been recovered by the income tax department.

The I-T team raided 50 locations in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. A team of income tax department officials left in Delhi or Kakkar’s Indore residence in a posh area at 3 o’clock in the morning and started the search operation there.

Department sources said that two officials were involved in the transaction of money to be used for the election campaign.

After the announcement of the Lok Sabha election, the two officers of Kamal Nath had resigned from their respective posts.

Officials said that the income tax officials raided Indore, Bhopal and Delhi (Green Park). The people who were raided included Miglani’s nephew who runs the company, Moser Baer.

Sources said the addresses associated with Kolkata businessman Paras Lal Lodha were raided too. Around 200 officials of the I-T department raided these premises on Sunday at 3 AM. Some unaccounted cash has been recovered so far. The raids were carried out in the ongoing election season for suspected hawala movement and tax evasion.

Sources said that a detailed investigation of documents seized during the raids has been initiated.

Kakkar is a former officer of the State Police Service. He was appointed OSD of Chief Minister Kamal Nath after the formation of the Congress government in the State last December.

Kakkar was the OSD of senior Congress leader and outgoing MP of Ratlam, Kantilal Bhuria too when the latter was a minister in the UPA government. Kakkar’s family is associated with a variety of businesses including hospitality.

Before this, the I-T department officials had raided the places of Congress and JD(S) coalition partners in Karnataka. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Congress had criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union government for this.

Kumaraswamy had accused the central government of using state power against opposition parties. The opposition alleged that the Modi-led NDA government wanted to break the morale of opposition leaders with the help of the income tax department before the election.

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