The raids were conducted on Wednesday evening to Thursday morning (Representative Photo: News18)
The Income Tax department has seized huge quantities of currency notes from properties of TMC MLA and formèr West Bengal minister Jakir Hossain in Murshidabad, the city and the national capital, an official said.
The raids were conducted on Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, he said.
There was no objection to the raids by Hossain, a two-time TMC MLA and a businessman. He, his family members and staff cooperated in the IT drive.
Huge quantities of currency notes were unearthed from the home and office premises of Hossain in Murshidabad, Kolkata and as well as in Delhi during the the period with assistance from the central forces, the official said.
“We are in the process of counting the money found in raids at different premises owned by Hossain, including from several places located in Murshidabad . We want to know the source of such huge cash,” he added.
Repeated attempts to contact Hossain for his comments on the raids failed.
TMC leader and West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said the party will not comment on the issue.
“It is purely a technical matter on whether the money found was accounted for or not. We have nothing to say. It should be borne in mind that Hossain is a wealthy businessman for years and employs many people,” he said to a question by reporters.
BJP leader Rahul Sinha said huge quantities of currency are tumbling out during raids at residences of TMC leaders and their associates in recent times.
“This is the tip of the iceberg. Will TMC again plead innocence and allege that it has been framed by the central agencies after this? Will TMC allege it