IT raids on opposition before polls copied from earlier governments

IT raids on opposition before polls copied from earlier governments

 Lucknow: The ruling parties at the Centre, whether it is the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have always used the central investigating agencies to checkmate their opponents. Earlier, it was the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which used to take care of everything, but, with the passage of time, it has lost its teeth. Nevertheless, the Income Tax and the Enforcement Directorate have become more active than the CBI, because both the agencies create the right impact on the people.

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The trend actually began when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister. It was she who used CBI against former chief minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu and her other opponents. Manmohan Singh, too, did that to rein the allies like Mulayam Singh Yadav Mayawati. Although the CBI could not do anything against Basu, both Mulayam and Mayawati were booked for accumulating assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

The agency has not yet closed cases against them. They sometimes open those cases to suit the Central government’s objectives. Whenever necessary the agency summons Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar, but the impact of CBI seems to have reduced now, as the Centre often uses Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department against the opposition parties.

During the recent assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, both the agencies were used against the main opposition in the state, the Samajwadi Party. Besides, these agencies are used to oust any elected state government. In January this year, the Income Tax carried out raids on the properties of real estate company ACE Group and its promoter Ajay Chaudhary in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Agra. According to sources, Choudhary is close to the SP.  

Nevertheless, the raids on the premises of perfume baron Piyush Jain in Kannauj was the most important one which resulted in the seizure of hundreds of crores of rupees. According to the I-T sources, it was the biggest seizure of all. As usual, everyone in the BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said at the top of their voice that Jain used to fund the SP. But Akhilesh Yadav said the raids on the properties of Piyush Jain were carried out by mistake.

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He said, “The IT people got confused between Piyush Jain who is a BJP supporter and Pushpraj Jain Pampi who is with Samajwadi Party. Both are perfumers and live in the same locality in Kannauj and have similar sounding names. The government wanted to target me but they have targeted their own man,” he said in a widely publicised press conference.

According to a political analyst, the purpose of the Centre is to stop sources of money to the opposition parties before the elections.