New Delhi: In a major setback to the main opposition BJP, Income Tax (I-T) Department officials on Tuesday surveyed the house of its senior leader Sudhanshu Mittal as part of the ongoing probe into alleged corruption in the recently-concluded Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
According to reports, a 15-member team of the I-T department today searched the residence and the office of Mittal, whose close relative Vinay Mittal was awarded an overlays contract of Rs 230 crores for supplying treadmills to the CWG Organising Committee.
Vinay Mittal is the owner of IREO, which is a real-estate company.
The I-T department also surveyed the house of a senior OC official, Harish Chandra Sharma, who is the general secretary of the basketball federation. An I-T team also searched the office of Deepali Designers Exhibits in connection with the CWG scam.
Although, no official word has come in this regard, reports claim that the I-T department is conducting simultaneous surveys on as many as 23 different locations in the national capital region.
Today’s raids are part of the Centre’s ongoing probe into the allegations of tax evasion and financial irregularities committed by various agencies who were given contract for supplying equipments and services for the CWG events.
The persons and agencies, who were given contract for the CWG events, are under scrutiny for charging a higher than usual fees from the OC for their services.
Today’s raids by the I-T department come hours ahead of BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s scheduled press conference, where he is due to release concrete evidence suggesting Congress’ involvement in the CWG scam.
The BJP chief had on Monday attacked the Delhi and Central governments for trying to wash their hands off from the corruption in the Commonwealth Games preparation and claimed that some of the files related to the event "carry the stamp of PMO".
"Why only Kalmadi`s name is being taken? He was handling only Rs 1600 crores. Delhi and Union governments are also responsible for the fund allocation of Rs 70,000 crore. Some files also carry the stamp of PMO," Gadkari told reporters.
He was responding to queries regarding probe into alleged corruption in the CWG and its Organising Committee headed by chairman Suresh Kalmadi.
Gadkari said his party would raise the issue of alleged corruption in the conduct of CWG in Parliament and take it to the streets. Refusing to elaborate further, he said he would announce BJP`s stand on the CWG probe issue in Delhi Tuesday.
To a query, the BJP chief said Kalmadi and MPCC president Manikrao Thakre, who kicked up a row with embarrassing revelations about fund collection of Congress on the eve of Sonia Gandhi`s recent Sevagram rally, "reflected the Congress culture".
Asked to comment on former Union sports minister Manishankar Aiyar`s reported statement that the money spent on CWG could have been better utilised in a country like India, Gadkari said, "It is for Congress to introspect on this."