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IT Raids Premises of BJP Leader Amarpreet Singh Kale

Income Tax sleuths conducted raids in about 25 premises of BJP leader Amarpreet Singh Kale and his relatives in Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Delhi and have seized over 100 bank accounts, one locker and around 20 computer hard discs, IT department sources said today.

"We have detected that Kale and his relatives have under-valued some of their projects including a Hotel in Kalimati Road, purchase of seven acres of land in prime location in Circuit House area here and the value of a warehouse on Dimna Road," the sources said.

The raids which began yesterday ended today, they said adding that around 200 IT officials were engaged in the raids which were conducted simultaneously in 25 locations including in Kolkata, Delhi, Jamshedpur.

"The preliminary investigation led us to believe that the tax evasion was committed to the tune of Rs 100 crore whereas the complete compilation of the reports were yet to be done," the sources said.

During the raid in Gurgaon, sources said an indirect link of Kale’s relative was established with a Gurgaon-based group, where no valid documents related to Rs 30 crore could be provided.

Kale’s elder brother Daljit Singh Khanuja was a Director in one of the Group, sources said expressing possibility of more investment in Bangalore and Punjab.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) claimed that Kale accumulated huge wealth only after Arjun Munda of BJP became chief minister of Jharkhand in the middle of 2002.

In a letter faxed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, JVM MP Ajay Kumar demanded a CBI enquiry to look into how the BJP spokesman accumulated such huge properties in a short period of time.

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