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A plea was on Tuesday filed in the Supreme Court seeking constitution of an SIT to investigate into the “incriminating” evidence and details of “unaccounted” cash recovered allegedly during IT and CBI raids in two companies two years ago. The plea, filed by NGO Common Cause, has also sought a direction to CBI, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to “produce the records and the seized material recovered in the raids” on the two groups before the apex court.
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It has also sought a direction to the “authorities not to return the seized documents to the business groups concerned”.
The application, filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan, claimed that “actionable evidence” gathered during the raids on both the groups was given a “quiet burial” by Income Tax Department and the CBI.
It said that CBI had conducted raids in 2013 at various premises of one of the groups’ company during its probe into the coal block allocation scam case.
“The documents seized by the CBI in its search operation in Mumbai reportedly revealed massive bribery of politicians and officials of various ministries over several years,” it alleged.
Referring to media reports, it said that IT department had raided the other group’s offices in Delhi and Noida in November 2014 and during which “incriminating documents and cash” were reportedly seized.