Income Tax searches 7 places in Chhattisgarh, 2 linked to Bhupesh Baghel’s aide | Latest News India

The Department of Income Tax is conducting searches at seven locations in Chhattisgarh, including two places related to Deputy Secretary Soumya Chaurasia, at the Chief Minister’s Office, people familiar with the development said.

The search by tax authorities from outside Chhattisgarh began at 6 am.

A senior official of the Chhattisgarh government said the IT department’s search operations were being conducted at seven locations in Chhattisgarh, including two locations related to Chaurasia.

The other five places are related to Surya Kant Tiwari, a businessman who is considered to be a close friend of some politicians and bureaucrats.

Soon after Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was sworn in in December 2018, Chhattisgarh Administrative Service (CAS) officer Chaurasia joined the Chief Minister’s Office.

This is the second time the tax authorities have attacked her in two years.

Income tax authorities first searched Chaurasia’s Bhilai house in February 2020, prompting Bhupesh Bagheel to send an angry letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “unconstitutional” and “politically motivated” income tax (IT) attacks in Congress-ruled state. Baghel’s letter alleges that the attacks coincided with a criminal investigation launched by his government on acts of corruption under the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

In a statement dated March 2, 2020, the Ministry of Finance then carried out the attacks in Chhattisgarh on February 27, 2020 on the basis of credible influx of persons, hawala dealers and businessmen in Raipur, and evidence of large sums of money being drunk. And its transfer to the mining business and public servants, heavy cash deposits during the period of note invalidation, residential entries from shell companies and undisclosed investment in assets.

The investigation revealed “unaccounted transactions,” the statement said 150 crores.

It is not clear whether a new round of searches will be conducted as part of the investigation into the 2020 case or something new.

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