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Congress politicising I-T dept: BJP

Posted on Jan 22, 04:41PM | IBNS

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the ruling Congress has 'politicised' the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax (I-T) Department and claimed that on-field enquiry conducted by the I-T Department at nine locations in Mumbai was not related to party president Nitin Gadkari's Purti Group.

"The BJP wants to make clear that the companies that were raided by the I-T dept have nothing to do with the Purti Group," BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said while addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

"Now the Congress wants to make the I-T Department its instrument like the CBI," he said.

Hussain said: "The CBI was totally politicised and now it seems that the Income Tax Department is also being politicised."

The I-T Department on Tuesday reportedly conducted on-field enquiry at nine locations in Mumbai in connection to Gadkari's Purti Group related companies.

The I-T Department on Monday had asked the BJP president to appear before it in connection to alleged investments in Purti Group of companies.

Stating his preoccupation with party work, Gadkari failed to appear before it and sought fresh time, reports said.

He has been asked to appear before the Income Tax Department on Feb 1.

Gadkari's Purti Group has come under attack for business malpractices and the allegations led to a revolt against him in the party.

Legal luminary and leader Ram Jethmalani and a host of other BJP leaders had openly slammed his possibility of re-election and had demanded that Gadkari must step down as the president of the outfit till a probe into the corruption charges against him cleared him.