The Income Tax department conducted raids at more than 50 locations connected to Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the last two days. Yesterday a press release issued by the department had revealed that Rs 20 crore was transferred to the headquarters of a ‘major political party’ through hawala route. The department had detected a racket of money collection, and recovered evidence unaccounted cash of Rs 281 crore collected by various persons related to the party and Madhya Pradesh government. This amount was collected from businessmen, government departments and politicians. Income Tax officers had also recovered unaccounted cash of Rs 14.6 crore along with several incriminating documents.
Apart from Indore, Bhopal and Goa, raids were also conducted in Delhi, which included the residence of AICC official SM Moin. When the raids were going on, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had arrived there yesterday.
The I-T department press release had said that more than Rs 242 crores were siphoned from government exchequer using bogus billing. They had recovered cash logs detailing transactions of a total amount of Rs 281 crore.
Now, media has accessed some of the logs, which show the source of the money collected, as well as the destinations where the money was sent. The logs show that money was siphoned from several public welfare schemes in Madhya Pradesh, and they were sent to party offices and functionaries for election funding.
Sensational #281CrCashLog seized. Links to Kamal aide’s accountant. Pay-offs to ‘Delhi-AICC’ under the lens. PM brands it ‘Notes for Votes’. @NikunjGargN in conversation with @RShivshankar. pic.twitter.com/1qhMT4Ic2R
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 9, 2019
The logs were recovered from the Mobile phone of Lalit Kumar, accountant of Rajendra Miglani, who is a close aide of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath. The logs show amounts allocated to various schemes were siphoned to be sent to the party fund. Apart from collecting money from PWD, Excise, transport etc departments, they also collected money for a scheme meant for the nutrition of infants and pregnant women. On the dispatch part, the note mentions entries like Cheque PCC, Cash PCC, Delhi AICC, Election Bond AICC, Cheque AICC, MLAs etc heads to where money was sent, with amounts in lakhs against them.
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— Republic (@republic) April 9, 2019
The entries under the receipt heading mention the following, with all amounts in lakhs:
- Transport- 5445
- Excise (MP)- 3622
- Excise (GUJ)- 197
- Mining- 550
- PWD- 520
- Urban Development-430
- Po Aahar-1200
- Energy department- 100
The total receipt showed an amount of 280.15 Rs crore in the documents seized by the Income Tax department.
Some of the entries under the expenses heading include the following, also in lakhs:
- Cheque PCC-1082
- Cash PCC-1000
- Delhi AICC-1700
- Election Bond-200
The logs clearly show that immediately after coming to power, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh started siphoning money from various government departments and schemes, and diverted the same to party fund and politicians.