The raids come close on the heels of the DMK pulling out of the Congress-led UPA alliance and its five ministers resigning from the Union cabinet
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at 19 places across Tamil Nadu, including the residence of DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin in Chennai in a case of alleged tax evasion of imported cars.
The CBI team reached the house of Stalin in Chennai, who is alleged to be one of the beneficiaries of importing foreign cars, agency officials said.
The raids come close on the heels of the DMK pulling out of the Congress-led UPA alliance and its five ministers resigning from the Union cabinet.
An FIR (first information report) was registered on Wednesday against one senior Intelligence Officer of Directorate of Revenue Murganandam and two others for allegedly abusing their official position by not taking any action when the import of foreign cars, including some limousines, was made.
According to the FIR, the officials have allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with unknown people and caused a loss of Rs20 crore to the exchequer.
One of the imported cars is being used by Stalin’s son, officials said, adding after further investigation names of beneficiaries of importing the car would be included in the FIR.
The CBI said that the FIR was registered on the basis of a “source information” as the agency had been probing the leads in the case for quite some time.
Raids were going on at other places including a business house, house of an owner of a medical college and others, the sources said.
Stalin dubbed the CBI raid as a “political vendetta” and said he would face the case legally.
“I am not aware of the reasons for the raid. We will face the case legally,” 60-year old Stalin, considered the political heir of Karunanidhi, told media persons in Chennai.
As the news of CBI raids spread, senior DMK leaders and a large number of party supporters gathered at the residence of Stalin.
Meanwhile, Union finance minister P Chidambaram said that he strongly disapprove of the CBI action on DMK leader Stalin.
Chidambaram also added that whatever may be the reason, he is afraid that it may bound to be misunderstood. Chidambaram stated that he had conveyed his view to the minister in-charge.
The protesting employees have urged RCB players to boycott Mallya’s team. They have also asked the BCCI not to allow RCB to participate in the upcoming IPL
Frustrated over not getting salaries for the last 10 months, Kingfisher Airlines employees on Wednesday asked the government to act against promoter Vijay Mallya and threatened to disrupt Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
“If Gopal Kanda, promoter of MDLR airlines, can be prosecuted for suicide of an employee why can’t the government prosecute Vijay Mallya for suicide of the family member of his employees,” said Santosh Gautam, president of Kingfisher Airlines Maintenance Association.
They also threatened to disrupt IPL matches of the Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB), the team owned by Mallya. “Last time, when Formula 1 race was being organised in New Delhi, afraid of our protests, KFA management paid our salary of one month and assured to pay the dues in instalments but they have failed to keep their promises. This time, we will protest outside the venue wherever RCB team plays their matches,” said S C Mishra, another employee.
The protesting employees have urged RCB players to boycott Mallya’s team. They have also asked the BCCI not to allow RCB to participate in the upcoming IPL.
The employees asked the government to amend labour laws making non-payment of salaries a criminal offence and said “the Supreme Court should take suo motu cognizance of our matter in specific and in general for overall reforms required for the benefit of working class.”
Seeking an early intervention on the issue, the employees have written letters to the president, the prime minister, the chief justice of India, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra.
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