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NCP leader Anil Deshmukh hid income of around Rs 17 crore to evade tax, claim officials

The Income Tax Department has alleged that former Maharashtra Home Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Anil Deshmukh concealed income of about Rs 17 crore to evade taxes, reported The Indian Express on Tuesday.

The department had raided properties linked to Deshmukh in connection with an alleged tax evasion case on September 17. Besides the tax department, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate are also investigating money-laundering and extortion charges against the former Maharashtra minister.

The tax raids were conducted a day after the Enforcement Directorate filed a chargesheet in its case against Deshmukh.

In a statement, the Income Tax Department said it has searched 30 premises linked to Deshmukh across Mumbai, Nagpur, Delhi and Kolkata.

The department alleged that three educational institutions of a trust linked to Deshmukh had “indulged in inflation of expenses”. It said that the trust partly collected back salaries paid to their employees in cash and put the amount recovered at Rs 12 crore.

“During the search, it was also detected that the trust, apart from the suppression of receipts, has paid substantial amounts to brokers for arranging admissions,” the statement alleged. “Such payments, to the tune of about Rs 87 lakh, have been paid in cash and are completely unaccounted.”

The tax officials also seized seized documents and…

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