Close on the heels of the arrest of Okhla MLA Amanatullah, officials of the income tax department conducted raids at Chhatarpur MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar’s residence in Fatehpur village Wednesday, leaving the party leadership fuming.
The I-T officials, who were accompanied by almost 20 policemen, reportedly also conducted searches at the residences of Tanwar’s brother and his domestic help.
According to a neighbour, they didn’t even spare a pile of buffalo dung, and “searched it meticulously”.
As over 30 I-T officials carried out searches at three locations, residents and AAP workers gathered outside Tanwar’s residence in a show of support for the MLA.
Visitors to Tanwar’s residence, located in a narrow bylane of Fatehpur village in Chhatarpur, were told: “The MLA will not be able to meet you today. A raid is going on.”
On Wednesday night, Tanwar came out of his residence and requested local residents and AAP workers to go back home. “This will go on till late in the night. Don’t worry… let them continue their raid for 10 days. They will not find anything,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources in the I-T department said they had received “specific actionable inputs”, based on which the raids were conducted and the premises sealed.
The I-T officials, along with the policemen, had arrived early Wednesday, said Tanwar’s brother Sunder Singh. “They did not even knock on the main door. Instead, they scaled the main gate and jumped inside. They even searched the residence of his domestic help… my brother is not a thief,” he said.
Sunder added, “It has been 12 hours but the raid is still on. Every two hours, we receive information that the raid will get over… but it goes on.”
The I-T officials had conducted another raid on the residence of Tanwar’s brother Chatter Singh, who lives about a kilometre away. “They even looked through a pile of buffalo dung meticulously. We don’t understand what are they looking for,” said a neighbour.
Later in the evening, two local women sought permission to visit Tanwar’s residence to check on his 95-year-old mother. They were allowed to go inside his residence for a brief period.
Responding to the I-T raids, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “Modiji, you deploy the CBI, Delhi Police, IB, ED and Income Tax, but we will keep doing our work.”
Senior AAP leader Ashutosh alleged that Tanwar’s residence was gheraoed by policemen “as if he were a terrorist.”
Probe abuse of women by AAP leaders, Cong tells President
A group of women leaders from the Congress, which met President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday, claimed incidents of AAP MLAs, leaders and workers “misbehaving with women” were increasing in Delhi. They urged the President to order an impartial probe, monitored by a sitting High Court judge, into such cases.
“It is a matter of grave concern that the elected representatives of people are allegedly engaged in acts of atrocities towards women; and charged with cases of molestation, criminal intimidation, and attempt to commit culpable homicide. All this because women, most belonging to weaker sections, have demanded basic rightful civic services from their MLAs and the government,” they said in a memorandum.-ENS