New Delhi: Guntur MP Jayadev Galla, the lawmaker who had moved the no-confidence motion against PM Modi-led government last year, became the fourth TDP leader to come under I-T department's scanner on Tuesday.
Late at night, a team of officers raided the residence and offices of Galla, who is also the owner of Amaron Batteries. Enraged over the sudden searches, the TDP leader along with his colleagues staged a dharna in Guntur's Pattabhipuram, following which he reached the collector's office.
According to sources, the officials are questioning Jayadev's company accountant. "The central government is targeting TDP through these searches," the MP told News18.
Recently, the I-T department had swooped down on the Proddatur residence of Mydukur TDP candidate Putta Sudhakar Yadav. Claiming that his "reputed" infrastructure company had paid all taxes promptly, Yadav termed the searches an "election-eve conspiracy" to defame him and leave his voters disillusioned. The raid triggered protests from others, including Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRC) Chairman Venkata Subba Reddy and TDP MP CM Ramesh.
Besides Yadav, TDP candidates Ugra Narasimha Reddy and Kovelamudi Ravindra also came under I-T scanner.
The I-T officials had conducted searches on the hospital of Reddy in Guntur. The gas agency and petrol outlets belonging to Kovelamudi Ravindra alias Nani in Guntur were also searched. Last week, the party leaders lodged a complaint with the Election Commission blaming that the raids were being carried out intentionally.
Two days ago, the Election Commission had issued a notification, asking agencies to be neutral while conducting searches, and asked them to inform the poll panel about any such move well in advance.