Dheeraj Kumar Sahu, as per officials, is a partner in Baldev Sahu Infra Pvt Ltd, which is a group company of Boudh Distilleries covered in the search.
New Delhi: The recovery of nearly hundreds of crores during income tax raids in three states - all non-BJP ruled states - has given fresh opportunity to the saffron party, buoyed by its success in the recent assembly elections, to target the Congress ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. At least ? 290 crore in hard cash has been recovered so far during raids in the offices of an Odisha-based distillery in the state, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.
The anticipated total recovery is estimated to be around 500 crores, BJP leader Nishikant Dubey said, pointing out that seven lockers and an additional seven rooms are yet to be opened.
He said Congress MP Dheeraj Kumar Sahu had links with two companies that are under scrutinity.
"The Congress leader is partner in the two companies that are being raided. I feel the Income Tax department should transfer the case to Enforcement Directorate considering the magnanimity of the situation," Nishikant Dubey told Times Now.
According to sources, the amount seized during raids is likely to rise as more cash is yet to be counted and officials have got intelligence about more locations where cash has been hidden.
Suggesting a direct link between the Congress and the two companies, the BJP MP said that eight crore were also recovered from Congress MP Dheeraj Kumar Sahu
's properties in Jharkhand.
Sahu, as per officials, is a partner in Baldev Sahu Infra Pvt Ltd, which is a group company of Budha Distilleries covered in the search.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a post on X, assured people that the money looted from the public will be returned.
"The countrymen should look at the pile of these notes and then listen to the honest 'speeches' of their leaders... Whatever has been looted from the public, every penny will have to be returned, this is Modi's guarantee," PM Modi posted on X, formerly Twitter.
The Congress, meanwhile, has criticised the BJP for politicising the raids.
In a post on X on Saturday, Lok Sabha MP Manickam Tagore accused PM Modi of doing "cheap politics" by linking a business of Sahu family with Congress. "Some facts about Dheeraj Sahu. Sahu family has been in the country liquor business for 40 years. Dheeraj Prasad Sahu's relatives have a big liquor business in Odisha," Manickam Tagore said in a post on 'X'.
Explaining the business of the Sahu family, Tagore said that Baldev Sahu and Group of Companies are originally from the Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.
"The company started making country liquor in Odisha 40 years ago," he said adding that the company is a partnership firm of Buddhist Distillery Private Limited (BDPL).
"This company also has Baldev Sahu Infra Private Limited, Quality Bottlers Private Limited and Kishore Prasad Vijay Prasad Beverage Private Limited," Tagore said.
The raids were conducted at Boudh Distilleries Private Limited (BDPL) and entities linked to it in Odisha and Jharkhand. Baldev Sahu Infra Pvt Ltd., which is a group company of Budha Distilleries covered in the search, is linked to Dheeraj Sahu. The raids were conducted at Bolangir and Sambalpur in Odisha and Ranchi and Lohardaga in Jharkhand, according to Income Tax sources.