Amarpreet Singh Kale outside his residence at Sakchi in Jamshedpur on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Income tax (I-T) officials conducted simultaneous search operations at the Jamshedpur residence and over 10 business establishments of Amarpreet Singh Kale in Calcutta, Gurgaon and New Delhi on Friday, prompting the state BJP spokesman to allege political conspiracy.
In Jamshedpur, a six-member I-T department team, led by assistant director (investigation) Amresh Tiwary, Ranchi, raided Kale’s Sakchi residence, his office, a hotel owned by him and the residence of his brother to probe alleged tax evasion and unaccounted for wealth.
Kale, who is a close aide of former chief minister Arjun Munda, said, “We are co-operating with the I-T officials in their investigation.”
But, he alleged he was a victim of political conspiracy hatched by the Congress. “The raid is politically motivated and the Congress, which is misusing the government agency (I-T department), is to be blamed for this,” he said.
The I-T team, which also included assistant director (investigation), Jamshedpur circle, Ajay Kumar, swung into action on the orders of director (investigation), Patna, Kumar Sanjay.
The I-T team from Ranchi reached Jamshedpur around 8 am and went to the BJP leader’s Kalimati Road residence and office in Sakchi.
Some officers fanned out to his hotel, J.K Residency, located close to his Sakchi home, while others moved in at his elder brother’s house in the Circuit House Area.
Kale, who was away in Delhi at the time of the raid, rushed back soon after he heard of the events. He came to Jamshedpur via Ranchi.
I-T officials refused to divulge details about the raid which began around 8.15 am and continued till about 7 pm.
Sources said the officers went through several documents and seized many “important” papers after questioning Kale about his investments and properties.
Kale is serving a second term as state BJP spokesman. Apart from being active in politics he is also known for his social work. Several BJP workers endorsed his view that the raids were political vendetta at the behest of the Congress that was desperate to malign him and his party’s image.
Party sources claimed Kale had been assigned with several key tasks in connection with Narendra Modi’s proposed Ranchi rally on December 29. “The I-T raid at this juncture is an attempt to demoralise him,” said a partyman.