Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday that the nearly Rs 200 crore cash recovered from a raid in Uttar Pradesh is “not BJP money” as she offered the most complete defense of the action to date and denied it that it was a case of identity swapping. as the opposition claimed.
In response to a question after the GST council meeting, she said law enforcement agencies act on actionable intelligence when conducting raids and rejected questions about the timing of the tax raids because they were based on actionable information.
“It’s not BJP money,” she said when she charged that the Rs 197.49 crore money recovered from perfume maker Piyush Jain in UP’s Kannauj was her party’s money and the tax authorities charged the person per “mistake”. and now attack the other Jains they originally intended.
“No ordinary person has 24 kg of gold at home… The height of the wall is the height of the money,” said the minister.
She said former Chief Minister Akhliesh Yadav was “shaken” by the raids as she tried to defend the action.
“How do you know whose money is? Are you his partner? Because only partners know whose money is being held,” she said.
She dismissed the opposition’s accusation that the raids were politically motivated and asked whether the raiding parties came up empty-handed.
The money recovery shows there was actionable information, she said, adding that the raids that took place Friday were also based on such input.
Days after a tax raid on a Uttar Pradesh businessman, Piyush Jain, dazzling piles of cash were uncovered, but left him wondering if it had found its intended target. Pushpraj ‘Pampi’ Jain of the opposition Samajwadi party was searched by authorities this morning.
About 50 sites are being searched by the Income Tax Department in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Mumbai linked to the businessman who owns perfumery, gas pumps and cold stores and had launched a ‘Samajwadi Party perfume’ ahead of the UP elections to be held early next year. take place.
The raid comes amid a fog of speculation surrounding the massive capture at the premises of Kanpur and Kannauj from another businessman Piyush Jain, which led to the recovery of Rs 197 crore in cash and 23 kg of gold.
The raids, which came amid a high-pitched election campaign, have sparked political speeches, with the BJP and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi party accusing each other of supporting the imprisoned perfume merchant.
The BJP had claimed that it was Piyush Jain who recently launched the Samajwadi perfume. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who lashed out at the opposition party, said in Kanpur on Wednesday: “Boxes full of banknotes have come out. The people of Kanpur understand business and trade well. Before 2017, the smell of corruption they had spread all over Uttar Pradesh is there for all to see.”
Yadav hit back, saying that the BJP had switched businessman Piyush Jain with Pushpraj Jain of Samajwadi Party, who launched the perfume named after the party. He denied any link with Piyush Jain, saying that the BJP had “accidentally had its own businessman ambushed”.