Yogendra Yadav's Family Says A Rs. 3.5 Lakh Nirav Modi Ring Is Behind The Raids

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 Yogendra Yadav's Family Says A Rs. 3.5 Lakh Nirav Modi Ring Is Behind The Raids

New Delhi: In Haryana, tax raids conducted at the hospitals and homes of Yogendra Yadav's sisters, ended today after 27 hours, with the Income Tax department linking the searches to a larger investigation against fugitive jeweler Nirav Modi.

The Income Tax department's officials claim they were sifting through crores in sales by Nirav Modi and found that Yogendra Yadav's nephew had bought jewellery worth about Rs. 6 lakh - more than half of it paid in cash.

The Tax officials claimed to have seized Rs. 29 lakh and evidence of tax evasion in the form of cash receipts of hospital transactions, during the raids.

The family told NDTV: "We cannot judge why the raids happened. Our only connection with Nirav Modi is that a ring worth Rs. 3.5 lakh was bought from a Nirav Modi jewellery showroom in Delhi in February 2017. All the money and assets involved came from our taxable income".

Nirav Modi who committed a massive loan fraud worth Rs. 13,000 crore, is wanted in India.

After his bitter exit from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2015, Yogendra Yadav, who set up the Swaraj Abhiyan alleged in tweets that the raids were a form of intimidation by the government because of his campaign in support of farmers.

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He said, "This raid has been conducted just two days ahead of the meeting for campaign for higher Minimum Support Price by Farmers organisations on 13 and 14 July. The more they try to threaten us, the more our voice will become stronger for farmers' rights."

Mr Yadav is backed by many opposition parties and targeted the BJP-led central government. Among them is his estranged former AAP colleague Arvind Kejriwal.

He accused more than 100 officials from Delhi of raiding the hospital and "detained" all the doctors, including his sisters, brother-in-law and nephew, in their chambers.

"Hospital sealed, including ICU for new-born babies. A clear attempt to intimidate. Modiji you can't silence me," tweeted the Swaraj Abhiyan leader.

A statement was issued by the family, who clarified, "The hospitals were never shut down. All main surgeries and emergency functions took place. Some minor functions did get affected because new billing had been stopped for some time. Yogendra could not contact us since we were not allowed to fully use our phones during the raids. Hence, some misinformation may have taken place regarding the functioning of the hospitals being stopped completely."

Sales by Nirav Modi amounted to nearly Rs. 6,000 crores in 2016, as per one estimate.  However, the clear details are yet to be released by the tax department is on why a Rs. 3.5 lakh cash transaction by the Yadav family was specifically chosen as a basis of sweeping raids.

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