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The Income Tax department on Tuesday has raided Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati's former secretary, Netram over suspected tax evasions.
The searches were conducted on 12 locations in Delhi and Lucknow. The retired IAS officer is suspected of evading tax amounting to Rs 100 crores.
Netram was believed to be close to Mayawati during her tenure as the Uttar Pradesh CM from 2007 and 2012 and also held key positions during the said time period.
"Netram has amassed wealth and evaded tax worth hundreds of crores, raids are being conducted to unearth the alleged tax evasion. The raids started in the morning and expected to go on till late in the evening," sources said.
Accused Netram held key posts like the principal secretary in the department of agriculture and also headed the excise, sugarcane, food and civil supplies department.
Later, when Akhilesh Yadav became the Chief Minister in 2012, Netram was moved to insignificant posts. He retired in 2014 as the Director General of the Academy of Administration and Management.
In January, the Enforcement Directorate had launched a probe over the construction of the massive statues of elephants and BSP icons, which were built during Mayawati's tenure in Uttar Pradesh.
The ED had raided at least six locations in state capital Lucknow in connection with the matter.
Both Akhilesh and Mayawati have accused the BJP-led Centre of using investigative agencies to target political opponents and to attack the opposition 'gathbandhan' or alliance. Mayawati had previously said, "Petty politics and political conspiracy are not new for the BJP. The people of the country have understood it and they will teach the BJP a lesson in the Lok Sabha polls."