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I-T searches 50 locations of people linked to MP CM Kamal Nath - Times of India

BHOPAL: Income tax department on Sunday raided 50 locations across the country including premises linked to Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath's close aides- Praveen Kakkar and R K Miglani, on charges of alleged tax evasion .

Officials said locations in Indore, Bhopal and Delhi (Green Park) are being raided and those being searched include Nath's former OSD Pravin Kakkar, former advisor Rajendra Miglani, executives linked to his brother-in-law's firm and his nephew Ratul Puri's company.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, this pre-dawn operation is likely to disturb financial management of senior Congress leaders in MP, say sources.

Crores of rupees have allegedly been recovered from some of the premises, said sources. Raids started around 3 am by team of I-T sleuths accompanied by CRPF jawans.

Kakkar's house in Indore and Bhopal were raided. Similarly, residences of Miglani's children in Delhi were also searched, apart from other locations in Chhindwara.

Praveen Kakkar is Kamal Nath's Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and was brought in by Miglani after Kamal Nath became CM. Kakkar took a voluntary retirement from the police service a few years ago. Miglani is Kamal Nath's 'Man Friday.'

Raids are also being conducted against Kolkata-based businessman Paras Mal Lodha, offiials said.

Ratul Puri was last week grilled by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi in connection with the Rs 3,6000 AgustaWestland helicopters purchase probe.

(With inputs from PTI)

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