IT Raid: AAP MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar in the dock with recovery of unaccounted Rs 130 crore
The Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) woes seem to be far from over as the Income Tax Department has reportedly found unaccounted income and investment worth Rs 130 crore during a raid at the house of party leader and Delhi MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar.
The department had earlier seized unaccounted cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 1 crore from Tanwar and his brother.
This is not the first time when Tanwar finds himself in a tight spot. He has had a controversial past and was questioned by the Income Tax Department twice before the recent raid.
However, Tanwar alleged that the raid was part of the political witch-hunt by the BJP-led Central government against AAP leaders. Tanwar was a BJP leader before he joined the AAP in 2014.
The IT Department said the recent raid revealed that transactions for purchase of farm houses in Chattarpur and Ghitorni were done in cash by Tanwar and his associates. Tanwar reportedly was not paying stamp duty and registration fee on huge land transactions, thus cheating the Delhi government, it added.
The IT raid on Tanwar and the rich haul of unaccounted cash will only add fuel to the ongoing nasty political war between the AAP and the Centre.
About a dozen AAP legislators have either been arrested or are facing charges in various cases since the party took charge in Delhi on February 14 last year.
The tussle between the BJP and AAP has only got bitter ever since the Delhi High Court ruled that Delhi continues to be a Union Territory and the Lieutenant Governor is its administrative head.