In a major set back for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party(AAP), one of his ministers has landed up in serious trouble. AAP minister has been caught in the hands of the IT Department with his illegal earnings. The Income Tax Department said it has seized Rs 37 lakh in cash and jewellery worth about Rs 2 crore from Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot and his family members.
“We have recovered cash worth Rs 37 lakh and jewellery of about Rs 2 crore from the residence and business premises of Gahlot and his family members during the raids conducted in the second week of this month,” Department spokesperson Subhi Ahluwalia told IANS.
Talking further and revealing the details of the raid, an IT Official said that additional Jewellery worth Rs 28 Lakh was also seized from a bank locker in the names of Gahlot and his wife. The assets lacked the required records and the further investigation is on its path.
The minister caught with the assets, was surrounded with Tax evasion allegations from the top firms all over and thus led to this investigation from the IT department. The Department had conducted raids at 16 business and residential premises of Gahlot and his family members related to two companies – Brisk Infrastructure and Developer Pvt Ltd and Corporate International Financial Services Pvt Ltd over tax evasion allegations.
The raids took place in Vasant Kunj, Paschim Vihar, Najafgarh and Gurugram. I-T officials had earlier claimed that it they found documents showing the Delhi Cabinet Minister evaded Rs 120 crore in taxes. In a major trouble that awaits the Delhi Chief Minister who himself is caught in scams involving huge amount of illegal money, lacking the required records.
The documents recovered from the Minister’s premises showed office boys, peons and other employees to have been extended loans and to be holding equity worth Rs 70 crore in several “shell” companies. Gahlot holds the portfolios of Transport, Law, Revenue, Information Technology and Administrative Reforms in the Delhi Cabinet.
Source: Timesnow news