IT raids on Malla Reddy: TRS Activists Launches Protest

The residences of Telangana’s Minister for Labour and Employment, C. Malla Reddy, and his relatives in Hyderabad have been searched by income tax officials since Tuesday morning.

Protests in support of Minister Malla Reddy have been started by TRS members close to his home. They started a protest campaign in response to the income tax raids. The TRS workers have claimed that the raids were retaliatory and mandated by the BJP at the Centre in response to the I-T department’s action. On this instance, they have even warned PM Modi. They claim it is a plot by the BJP high command against CM KCR and his new political organisation, the “Bharat Rashtra Samiti” (BRS).

According to the sources, about 150 to 170 officers were believed to be participating in the simultaneous searches, they were checking income records of the institutions run by Malla Reddy Group following allegations of tax evasion.

It may be recalled that Malla Reddy Group runs a number of educational institutions including a medical college, dental college, a hospital and an engineering college. The IT teams were also carrying out searches at the offices and residences of the top officials of the institutions.

Interestingly, the IT raids were conducted at a time when the Special investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana has intensified investigation into MLAs poaching cases allegedly involving some top leaders of BJP. Three alleged agents of BJP were arrested last month from a farmhouse at Moinabad near Hyderabad when they were trying to lure four MLAs of the TRS to switch loyalties to BJP, the Accused includes Godmen, are currently in judicial custody. The TRS MLAs have alleged that they were offered Rs. 100 crores to join the BJP. As part of the investigation, SIT has summoned four persons including BJP general secretary B. L. Santosh for questioning.

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