Tax raid at Akhilesh aide Rajeev Rai’s place ahead of polls; ‘Have no black money,’ says SP leader

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Apart from Rajiv Rai in Mau, the premises of RCL Group promoter Manoj Yadav in Mainpuri were also raided on Saturday morning.

ByHindustan Times | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

The income tax department came knocking on the door of Samajwadi Party leader Rajeev Rai, who is also a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav, as a team conducted searches at his premises on Saturday.  According to department sources, several raids were being conducted at various places in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from Rajiv Rai in Mau, the premises of RCL Group promoter Manoj Yadav in Mainpuri were also raided.

Reacting to the raid, Rajeev Rai said to ANI that teh government will make a case out of anything. “I have no criminal background or black money. I help people and the government did not like it. This is a result of that. If you do anything, then they will make a video, register an FIR and you will fight a case unnecessarily,” the SP leader said.

Another aide of Akhilesh, Manoj Yadav, has also come in tax radar, reports said. The simultaneous searches began at around 7am.

The raids come at a time when the state is all set for the elction and Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav has been taking on the BJP over several of its projects.

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