Bhubaneswar: The income-tax department’s ongoing searches against Boudh distillery company in Odisha have led to the seizure of over Rs 300 crore in cash, marking the “highest-ever” single-action haul by any probe agency in India. The counting process is accelerated with additional machines and personnel. The distillery group, linked to Congress Rajya Sabha MP Dhiraj Kumar Sahu, has become the center of a political controversy, with the BJP demanding explanations from the Congress.
CISF personnel are now deployed outside Boudh Distilleries Private Limited in Odisha’s Balangir as the raids, which began on December 6, continue. The recovery of unaccounted cash is being meticulously counted using around 40 machines, involving both bank and departmental staff.
The BJP in Jharkhand alleges that the seized cash reportedly recovered from Congress leader Sahu during the raids, was intended for “horse trading and resort politics.” BJP leaders demand an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate into the matter. Union Home Minister Amit Shah criticized the silence of the INDI alliance, including Congress, JDU, RJD, DMK, and SP, on this corruption issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, commenting on the development, urged the public to reflect on the pile of currency notes and listen to the “honest speeches” of their leaders. He assured that every penny looted from the public would be returned.
The ruling BJD in Odisha welcomed the tax raids. The tax department has brought in additional machines and personnel to conclude the counting process swiftly.