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Karnataka: 'Rahul Gandhi will you remain silent?' asks BJP on recovery of Rs 50 crore in I-T raids

Karnataka: A war of words had ensued between Congress and BJP following the recovery of unaccounted cash of over Rs 50 crore from people including Rs 42 crore from a contractor in the recent Income Tax raids in Bengaluru.

Bhagya Luxmi Edited By: Bhagya Luxmi @bhagya_luxmi Bengaluru Updated on: October 16, 2023 18:39 IST
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad attacks Rahul Gandhi
Image Source : PTI BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad attacks Rahul Gandhi

Karnataka: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday lashed out at Congress and the Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi after Income Tax sleuths recovered more than Rs 50 crore cash during raids in Karnataka. The raids were conducted against several people including a contractor, his son, a gymnasium instructor and an architect in Karnataka, according to an official. 

On recovery of Rs 50 crores in raids in Karnataka, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked Rahul Gandhi and asked, "It is a huge thing that approx Rs 50 crores in cash was seized. This is Congress for cash, for corruption. Rahul Gandhi, will you remain silent on this?"

Raids at several places

The raids that started on Thursday at 25 places belonging to two major infrastructure companies expanded to 45 by Saturday evening, the official told PTI, requesting anonymity. Charging them with tax evasion, the I-T Department officials raided their offices at various places including Sahakarnagar and Sanjaynagar. Several documents were confiscated.

"A total of 45 locations were searched till Friday while ten more places were raided and searched on Saturday," the official said, "On Saturday, the third day of the operation, an architect and a gymnasium owner's house was raided from where Rs eight crore in cash was seized. With this, the total amount of cash seized has crossed Rs 50 crore," he added. 

Rs 94 crore in cash seized today

In another, the Income Tax department has seized Rs 94 crore in cash as well as gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 8 crore and 30 luxury watches following raids on government contractors and real estate developers in Karnataka and some other states, the CBDT said on Monday.

(with inputs from PTI)

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