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Why Is Naidu Reacting To IT Raids Only Now?

Why Is Naidu Reacting To IT Raids Only Now?

It has been a common practise for the Income Tax authorities or ACB authorities to conduct raids and take up searches in the houses and offices of big people whenever they get authentic information.

Even in Andhra Pradesh, there have been several IT raids in the past four years. For example in May 2017, there were IT raids and CBI raids on the houses of Telugu Desam Party MLC Vakati Narayana Reddy of Nellore to unearth a Rs 200 crore loan fraud.

Another TDP MLC J C Deepak Reddy, son-in-law of Anantapur MP J C Diwakar Reddy, was also arrested in a land grabbing case.

In September 2016, there were IT raids on the houses and offices of TDP MLA Modugula Venugopal Reddy in connection with alleged disproportionate case. In the same month, the IT raids were also conducted in the offices and residence of TDP MLA from Chittoor D K Satya Prabha and the IT sleuths unearthed Rs 265 crore IT evasion scam.

In any of these cases, TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu did not react strongly. He allowed the law to take its own course.

But after the recent raids by the IT authorities on several different industrialists and businessmen in different parts of the state, Naidu became very panicky.

He and his senior party leaders came out with strong statements stating that the BJP government was resorting to witch-hunt of the TDP government by conducting IT raids.

The cabinet also passed a resolution condemning these raids and describing it as a direct attack on the state.

It also decided to withdraw security cover to the IT authorities during the raids. And Naidu went to the extent of describing as an attempt to damage the reputation of the state so that there would be no investments into the state.

But, inquiries revealed that all of them on which IT department conducted raids were close aides of Naidu. And most of them belong to Naidu’s own community.

“It is very clear that Naidu responds so strongly only if the raids take place on his community people and not those from other castes. May be, these people are either Naidu’s close aides or his benamis,” a rival political leader said.

There are indications that IT raids will continue and also intensify targeting some more TDP leaders and their benamis.

The IT officials already got inputs and some crucial information regarding huge money transactions from a small bank. Based on the information, the IT officials will conduct raids in the coming days, sources said.

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