Tax Officials Raids Andhra TDP Lawmaker's Homes, Office In Hyderabad

Tax Officials Raids Andhra TDP Lawmaker

Tax Officials Raids Andhra TDP Lawmaker's Homes, Office In Hyderabad 

New Delhi: A lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's party were raided by Income Tax officials. The homes and offices of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lawmaker CM Ramesh in Hyderabad and Kadapa were raided.

Multiple locations were raided by around 100 tax officials. The locations include the office of a company owned by Mr Ramesh's relative and his home in Hyderabad's Jubilee Hills.  Rithwik Industries, the firm is said to have a turnover of close to Rs. 1,000 crore.

"Searches are being conducted at the residences of Mr Ramesh in Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh. I-T officials are also verifying records at his residence and office in Hyderabad also. It is a routine one. No significance is attached to this," the sources in the I-T department told news agency Press Trust of India.

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However, it was termed as a CM Ramesh "political vendetta". "In fact, the Prime Minister himself warned us right inside parliament about consequences since we have been fighting for the state's rights. The IT raids are a result of the warning," said Mr Ramesh who is in Delhi. 

The raids were condemned by the TDP. "This is an attack on the Andhra people. The Modi government has been adopting a vengeful attitude as we have been demanding that all promises made for AP be fulfilled," the state's Information Technology Minister N Lokesh said in a tweet. 

Income Tax officials had raided several places in Andhra Pradesh, ten days ago.

A Rajya Sabha lawmaker, CM Ramesh, who was elected to the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament in August said he had declared an income of Rs. 200 crore in the last four years and promptly paid tax. He said, "I will not be cowed down by such attacks."

Earlier this year, the TDP broke away from the the Narendra Modi-led government over the centre's refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. Mr Ramesh was among the lawmakers from the party who protested in parliament, escalating their demand for special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

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