The IT department conducted raids at Samajwadi Party national secretary and spokesperson Rajeev Rai’s residence in UP’s Mau today.
IT officials arrived in Mau early today morning and started their search at Rai’s home in the Sahadatpura area around 7 in the morning. The SP leader and his family are currently confined inside the house since the raid began.
After the party workers learnt about the raids, the SP workers gathered outside Rajeev Rai’s residence protesting against the IT raid. Police are outside Rai’s residence to maintain law and order and keep the situation under control.
It is speculated that the IT Raids are being conducted on suspicion of tax evasion. The Income Tax Department are also conducting raids at the premises of Jainendra Yadav in Lucknow and RCL group owner Manoj Yadav in Lucknow. Both are known to be close to Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.
In Mainpuri, the IT officials arrived in 12 vehicles and isolated Manoj Yadav’s residence. No individual is now allowed to enter or leave the residence. They are conducting searches and questioning people.
A search is also ordered at Jainendra Yadav’s residence in Lucknow near Ambedkar Park.
Mau: An Income Tax raid is underway at the residence of national secretary of Samajwadi Party (SP), Rajeev Rai.
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SP spokesperson Rajeev Rai said to news agency ANI, “This is IT dept. I’ve no criminal background or black money. I help people & Govt didn’t like it. This is a result of that. If you do anything, they’ll make a video, register an FIR, you’ll fight a case unnecessarily. There is no use let procedure complete,”.
“I have said this time and again that as elections approach.. all this starts happening. Abhi to Income Tax department aaya hai, Enforcement Directorate aayega, CBI aayega (Now the tax department has come… the Enforcement Directorate will come, CBI will come) but the cycle (the Samajwadi Party’s poll symbol) will not stop… its pace will not stop … the BJP will be wiped out of UP. Why was Rajeev Rai not raided a month ago, why now? Because elections are near?”
“The BJP is on the path of the Congress, earlier when the Congress wanted to scare anyone they used such tactics and the BJP is following in the footsteps of the Congress,” said Akhilesh Yadav about the raid.
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