Headline: Income Tax Department Recovers Rs 250 Crore in Raids Linked to Congress MP Dhiraj Prasad Sahu
The Income Tax Department executed raids on premises associated with Congress’s Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand, Dhiraj Prasad Sahu, resulting in the recovery of at least Rs 250 crore of allegedly “unaccounted” funds. The targeted operations were conducted against an Odisha-based distillery group and entities affiliated with it.
Reports indicate that the tax department utilized three dozen counting machines during the seizure. Cash amounting to Rs 200 crore, concealed in almirahs, was reportedly found at the distillery group’s premises in Balangir district. The remaining funds were discovered at various locations, including Sambalpur and Sundargarh in Odisha, Bokaro and Ranchi in Jharkhand, and Kolkata.
The revelation of unaccounted cash in connection with a Congress MP sparked a political controversy, with leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Prime Minister Modi, criticizing the opposition party for alleged corruption. Prime Minister Modi, in response to a news report on the recovery, emphasized his commitment to reclaim every penny looted from taxpayers.
“Countrymen should look at these piles of currency notes and then hear the addresses of its (Congress) leaders on honesty. Every penny looted from people will have to be returned. This is Modi’s guarantee,” stated Prime Minister Modi.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur also addressed the issue, asserting that the Congress leadership opposes demonetization due to their involvement in corrupt practices. BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia highlighted the significance of the Income Tax raids, connecting them to the recovery of approximately Rs 200 crore from Congress MP Dhiraj Sahu’s premises and emphasizing the government’s commitment to eradicating corruption.