29 October, 2020

Three In The Soup

Raids by the CBI and one by the I-T dept roil the south

Three In The Soup

It’s a season of raids down south. The CBI has been busy for more than a few months now, investigating bureaucrats, big businesses and, of course, politicians, mostly in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, with the bigger cases involving both states. The latest raid, though, was by the income-tax department, on the house of filmstar-turned-politician Chiranjeevi’s son-in-law Vishnu Prasad, in Poes Garden, Chennai. Prasad is married to Chiranjeevi’s elder daughter Sushmita.

The cases the CBI is investigating are of wider scope and greater complexity. But the income-tax department has outdone the CBI with at least one statistic: the stash of Rs 35.66 crore recovered from the house of Prasad, a Rajya Sabha MP, is bigger than any recent CBI recovery in the south. The money was found in his bedroom, packed in cartons. Also seized were promissory notes worth Rs 4 crore.

To be sure, there was a connection to Andhra Pradesh: Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam party had announced its merger with the ruling Congress in February...



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