IT raid on UP trades, which is also SP MLC | India News – Times of India


KANPUR: The income tax department conducted raids on two premises Kannauj based perfume retailers including Samajwadi Party MLC Pushpraj Jain alias Pampi Jain – the man behind the Samajwadi perfumes. The other perfume retailer under the IT scanner has been identified as Mohammed Yaqood.
The IT searches come close to the raids from GST Intelligence at the perfume dealer Piyush Jain in Kanpur and Kannauj, where cash worth Rs 198 crore was recovered in the last few days apart from several kilos of gold and sandalwood.
Friday’s raids began around 7 a.m. when police teams with police backups arrived Pushpraj Jains Chhipaiti House when MLC and his family were present. The raids came hours before SP president Akhilesh Yadav was due to speak at a press conference in Kannauj.
According to sources, the IT team conducted searches at nine locations, including Pushpraj Jain’s house and office in Kannauj. Apart from this, the premises of the two dealers in Lucknow and Kanpur were also searched.
Reports said the raids were ongoing in almost everywhere until the time of submission of this report late Friday night. According to initial information, the raids were initiated on charges of tax evasion.
A senior official familiar with the investigation said in Kannauj that searches were underway at four locations of Jacob and two places in Pushpraj; in Lucknow raids were carried out on three places connected with the two traders.
Pushparaj Jain, 60, is a co-owner of Pragati Aroma Oil Distillers Pvt Ltd. The perfume business was started by his father Sawailal Jain in the 1950’s. With the help of three brothers, Pushparaj has expanded it to Mumbai and even abroad.
In 2016, Akhilesh Yadav gave him the ticket to the upper house. He won without opposition from Etawah-Farrukhabad, and his term of office lasts until March 2022.
Recently, Pushparaj Jain has put the spotlight on launching the ‘Samajwadi Perfume’ series on November 9th.

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