Fear of who is next on the radar has been giv­ing sleep­less nights to the MPs TD lead­ers wor­ried over in­come-tax raids


With I-T raids on busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments of C.M. Ramesh con­tin­u­ing for the sec­ond day, MPs with busi­ness con­cerns are un­der in­tense pres­sure. Who is next on the radar of the In­come-Tax de­part­ment has been giv­ing sleep­less nights to a num­ber of politi­cians.

A TD leader said Galla Jayadev who owns Amar Raja Bat­ter­ies could be a po­ten­tial tar­get as he was per­ceived to be a po­ten­tial en­emy of the BJP af­ter he made an ex­cel­lent speech in Par­lia­ment while mov­ing a no con­fi­dence mo­tion.

The direc­tor’s re­port of Amar Raja Bat­ter­ies Ltd for the year 2017-18 states that “Out of the to­tal dis­puted dues ag­gre­gat­ing `19.41 crore as above `3.43 crore has been stayed for re­cov­ery by the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties. There are no dues of cus­toms duty as at March 31, 2018 on ac­count of dis­putes.” These dis­putes were pend­ing since 2005 ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s an­nual re­port.

Lee­lanand, a char­tered ac­coun­tant said that sev­eral busi­ness entities had not been com­ply­ing with ad­vance in­come tax pay­ments cit­ing sev­eral rea­sons. Entities owned by MPs were tak­ing ex­tra care to pay ad­vance tax dues, as on Septem­ber 15 they would have paid 45 per­cent of tax.

Tel­ugu De­sam MPs hav­ing busi­ness con­cerns were hud­dled to­gether in New Delhi to de­vise ways to avoid search and seizure ac­tiv­i­ties from di­rect taxes board.

The MPs from Andhra Pradesh who had pa­raded be­fore the Par­lia­ment dur­ing the last ses­sion seek­ing Spe­cial Cat­e­gory Sta­tus had at­tracted the na­tion’s at­ten­tion as sev­eral re­gional par­ties from North and Far Eastern states ex­tended sol­i­dar­ity to Tel­ugu De­sam MPs.

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