CM Ramesh, TDP lawmaker  |  Photo Credit: BCCL
Amaravati: Officials of the Income Tax (IT) Department on Friday raided Andhra Pradesh TDP lawmaker CM Ramesh’s homes and other locations, including his office. The TDP lawmaker is the promoter of Rithwik Projects Pvt. Ltd. As per ANI report, the raid was also underway on the premises of his partners in Rithwik Projects Pvt. According to sources, nearly 60 IT officials were conducting the raid at his home in Kadapa.
Reportedly, as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), CM Ramesh had issued a notice to the Income Tax department to furnish details about the IT raids in the state. However, merely three days after the notice was issued, the IT department has conducted raids at his residence and offices, sources said. Sources in the TDP claimed that centre was acting in a “revengeful manner” and that the series of IT raids were happening to target the TDP leaders.
The TDP sources said that the raids were against the “people of Andhra Pradesh.” “These IT raids are part of Operation Garuda. While we are demanding for justice, the centre is acting in a revengeful manner,” sources told Times Now. Reportedly, the company, Rithwik Industries, purportedly has a turnover of close to Rs 1,000 crores.