THE CBI is likely to begin its investigation in the alleged detection of unaccounted cash of about Rs 281 crore during income tax raids on the houses of close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and others in April, officials said on Tuesday.
The Election Commission after receiving a report from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had written to the Government seeking a probe in the matter. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had forwarded it to the CBI for ‘necessary action’.
The agency is tight lipped about the future course of action and is not even confirming whether it has received the complaint or not. Sources in the Government, however, said that the complaint has been received by the agency and it is doing a verification of prima facie allegations.
“Searches in MP have detected widespread and well-organised racket of collection of unaccounted cash of about Rs 281 crore through various persons in different walks of life, including business, politics. “A part of the cash was also transferred to the headquarters of a major political party in Delhi, including about Rs 20 crore, which was moved through hawala recently to the headquarters of the political party from the residence of a senior functionary at Tughlak Road, New Delhi,” the CBDT said.