I-T & ED raid ‘loyalists’ of besieged Rajasthan CM

I-T & ED raid ‘loyalists’ of besieged Rajasthan CM

JAIPUR: As the

Ashok Gehlot

government in Rajasthan battled a siege within,

Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate

teams on Monday conducted

coordinated raids

on offices and properties belonging to businessmen and politicians known to be close to the CM, prompting Congress to accuse BJP of “misusing investigative agencies for its self-fulfilling goals”.

I-T officials said unaccounted-for cash, jewellery, property papers and lockers were seized during simultaneous raids on offices and other premises of some state Congress functionaries and businessmen in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Kota. Properties owned by

Rajeev Arora

and Dharmendra Rathode, both of them said to be Gehlot loyalists, were among the premises that were searched.

A hotel in Jaipur where Congress MLAs from the Gehlot camp are staying was raided too. The hotel is owned by

Om Kothari

, a Kota-based businessman.

In Delhi, there were raids on premises belonging to one of Kothari’s siblings who is facing allegations of irregularities in dam construction after bagging a mega irrigation project contract in Rajasthan. Sources said the office premises of Om Metals Infra Projects Ltd in Saket and Kothari’s residential premises in the Sainik Farms area were searched. According to ED sources, investor

Ratan Kant Sharma

, an aide of Gehlot’s son Vaibhav, is under the agency’s scanner.

Congress’ media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala hit out at BJP, saying the

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