Raids on the homes and offices of Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and his family.

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Maharashtra dy CM Ajit Pawar said he lamented the fact that his sisters, who have no connection with his firms or politics, were being raided too by the I-T department. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Maharashtra dy CM Ajit Pawar said he lamented the fact that his sisters, who have no connection with his firms or politics, were being raided too by the I-T department. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Multiple sugar mills and real estate groups, including those affiliated to Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and his three sisters, are being searched by the Income Tax Department. In Mumbai, Pune, and Satara, IT sleuths are searching the related persons’ official and residential addresses.

The names of the businesses and individuals targeted by the IRS have not been released. Pawar, on the other hand, informed journalists that the I.T. department was raiding locations associated with him and his three sisters. He further stated that he has no idea why these raids are taking place because he is tax compliant.

“It’s true, I-T has raided a handful of my companies.” It is their legal right… I’m not sure if they were conducted for political reasons or because they wanted more information because we have always paid our taxes on time. My only complaint is that they raided the homes of my three sisters. After being married 35 to 40 years ago, one remained in Kolhapur and the other two in Pune.

“If they’re being raided because they’re my sisters, then the citizens of the state should think about how much Central agencies are being abused.” I’ll say it again: I have no objection to raids on sugar mills (affiliated with me); they (the I-T department) can do whatever they want, but I feel awful for others who aren’t (affiliated with my businesses) in that context, and if individuals can go to this level… “Raids were carried out on sisters (establishments) even though they had no ties to my businesses or politics,” he told reporters.

Multiple teams consisting of dozens of officers were conducting simultaneous searches at sugar mills and real estate organisations directly or indirectly tied to Ajit Pawar or his clan on Thursday, according to I-T department personnel acquainted with the activities.

Despite confirming the raids, the I.T. agency refused to provide any additional details at this time, stating that the searches were likely to last several hours.

Some locations linked to a Goa minister were also reportedly searched. However, no information on this was supplied by the agency.

In connection with the Maharashtra State Co-operative (MSC) Bank money laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached properties worth 65.75 crore belonging to Jarandeshwar Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana (SSK) in Chimangaon, Satara district, in July. These assets were linked to Ajit Pawar and his wife Sunetra, according to reports.

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