The Income Tax (I-T) Department today conducted searches again at Jeevan Jyoti Hospital and recovered incriminating material. The I-T team was escorted by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel,and local police were kept out of the exercise.
During the previous raid on May 29,the I-T team was attacked allegedly by employees of the hospital and two FIRs were registered,naming owner Dr A K Bansal among others.
Mindful of the attack on the I-T team and alleged laxity on the part of the police in controlling the mob on May 29,the I-T department this time contacted CRPF officials to escort the team. The local police were completely kept out of the loop. They were only intimated at the last moment as part of formal procedure, said Assistant Director (Investigation),I-T,Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra.
Mishra said a 35-member team of the I-T department,comprising officials from Varanasi,Kanpur and Allahabad and led by an officer of the level of deputy director (investigations) carried out the exercise,which began at 11 am and continued till late evening. An almost equal number of CRPF personnel were present. The team did not face any obstruction, said Mishra,adding Dr Bansal too was present.
The I-T team recovered incriminating documents,besides seizing hard disks from office computers,Mishra added. This exercise was a follow-up of the May 29 searches. Following scrutiny of the documents and other material recovered today,a consolidated report will be sent to the higher authorities for further action, he said.
On May 29,the I-T Department had carried out searches at 15 premises,including in Delhi and Gorakhpur,belonging to the owners of the Jeevan Jyoti Hospital group – Dr A K Bansal and Vandana Bansal. These included 13 premises in and around Allahabad. The I-T Department said the Bansals had business interests in hospitals,real estate and some undisclosed businesses and were allegedly involved in tax evasion. The I-T team also recovered cash and jewellery.
On July 6,the Allahabad High Court had sought explanation from the Allahabad police on why Dr Bansal had not been arrested for attack on the I-T team. While the court had sought reply on July 27,Dr Bansal surrendered before a lower court on July 10 and was released on bail the same day.