I-T sleuths raid TDP MP Ramesh’s prop­er­ties

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

A team of IT de­part­ment of­fi­cials from Tiru­pati vis­ited the prop­er­ties of TDP Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber CM Ramesh in his na­tive Pot­ladurthi vil­lage of Yer­ra­guntla man­dal in Kadapa district and also in Hy­der­abad on Fri­day.

Dif­fer­ent teams vis­ited the MP’s res­i­dence in Ju­bilee Hills of Hy­der­abad and of­fices of com­pa­nies owned by him and his rel­a­tives in­clud­ing Rith­wik Con­struc­tions at around 8 am and searched till 5:40 pm. Ramesh was in New Delhi at the time of the raids.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Rith­wik Con­struc­tions, which re­port­edly went bank­rupt in 2014 man­aged to bag con­tracts worth `3,658 crore on nom­i­na­tion ba­sis and hand of Chief Min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu is sus­pected be­hind it.

Speaking to me­di­a­per­sons in Delhi, CM Ramesh said he has been IT as­sess since last 30 years and the com­pa­nies of his in last four years have paid a tax of `200 crore. He said pre­vi­ously, there were IT raids on his prop­er­ties sev­eral times, but this time it was dif­fer­ent.

“It was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated one,” he lashed out. “But I have noth­ing to hide, and I will co­op­er­ate com­pletely.”

He sus­pected that IT sleuths might bring in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence with them and plant the same in the prop­er­ties they are raid­ing and wanted those con­duct­ing the searches to be searched first be­fore the com­mence­ment of the raids.

Ramesh said IT de­part­ment has tar­geted him as he has been the more vo­cal against the NDA govern­ment with re­gard to Spe­cial Cat­e­gory Sta­tus and im­ple­men­ta­tion of other pro­vi­sions of the AP Re­or­gan­i­sa­tion Act.

Ramesh had taken up in­def­i­nite fast­ing in Kadapa a few months ago de­mand­ing es­tab­lish­ment of a steel plant in Kadapa as spec­i­fied in the AP Re­or­gan­i­sa­tion Act.

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