Income Tax Searches Continue At Premises Linked To Maharashtra Ex-Home Minister

Nagpur, Sep 18 (PTI): The Income Tax department today continued for the second day its searches here at properties and institutes linked to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in an alleged tax evasion case, local police officers said.
After conducting searches at the NCP leader’s houses in Nagpur and Katol and the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Fetri the day before, I-T officials today reached the Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha’s office in Ramdaspeth area here.

Searches at the NIT at Fetri also continued, officials added.

Teams of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed for the protection of I-T officials.

The focus of the investigation was a ₹ 4.18 crore donation allegedly received by the Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha, sources said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had alleged earlier that the amount was deposited in cash with four Delhi-based companies and these firms then routed it to Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha Trust, a charitable trust controlled by Mr Deshmukh and his family.

The 71-year-old leader is also being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a corruption case related to allegations of bribery made by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.