New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday responded to the Income Tax raids on two perfume traders in Uttar Pradesh, including an SP MLC, Pushpraj 'Pampi' Jain and Peeyush Jain and said that the raids are conducted at the right places and were based on actionable intelligence. The finance minister further took a jibe at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and questioned 'why he is afraid and shaken due to the searches'.

The Income Tax department on Friday raided multiple premises linked to certain perfume traders in Uttar Pradesh, including an SP MLC from Kannauj, as part of a tax evasion investigation. The searches are being conducted in Kannauj, Kanpur, the national capital region, Surat, Mumbai and a few other places, and about 30-40 premises are being covered.

"Raids were conducted at the right places. Is former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav scared and shaken due to these searches"?, Sitharaman said, adding, "Today's Income Tax raids (at the properties of perfume businessmen & SP MLC Pushpraj Jain and others) are also being carried out based on actionable intelligence. Unconnected materials are surfacing in today's IT raids".

Further attacking the Samajwadi Party chief for questioning the timings of the raids, Sitharaman said that Akhilesh Yadav should not raise doubts on the professionalism of the income tax department and asserted that the amount of cash recovere during the raids is proof that the law enforcement agencies are working honestly.

"He (SP chief) should not raise doubts about the professionalism of the organization. The height of (seized) cash is proof that law enforcement agencies are working honestly... Should we wait for post-poll 'muhurta' or catch the thief today itself?", Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Lashing out at the BJP for the income tax raids SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the BJP is misusing central investigating agencies to target Opposition members. "BJP is trying to pollute SP's name. Those who spread the smell of hatred will not like the fragrance of the perfume. Earlier they have mistakenly conducted raids at the residence of their own man and now to cover that they are conducting searches on residences SP leaders."

"The raids were pre-determined. Information was coming here for the past few days that raids have started on SP leaders. Here, for the last two weeks, there have been raids on people associated with Samajwadi and whenever the BJP leaders from Delhi come to Uttar Pradesh they bring these agencies along. During this time, they are instructed to conduct raids," alleged Akhilesh Yadav.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan