Distancing himself and the party, Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand, Dhiraj Sahu said that seized cash from liquor manufacturing units neither belongs to Congress nor any other political party.
Speaking to the media, Sahu said, “Whatever cash seizure is being shown by the media as owned by me, in actuality, they belong to some of my relatives and not me. The matter is between them and the Income Tax department. My relatives will clarify on that later. But before all that, we should wait for a statement from I-T department. They will tell whether the seized cash is black money or white money.”
“All the cash seized was from sales of liquor. ‘Baldeo Sahu and Sons’ and ‘Ritesh Sahu and sons’ firms are owned by my relatives. Apart from that, there are other relatives of mine who own such farms too,” Sahu said.
“As far as Boudh Distillery Private Limited (BDPL) is concerned, it is also owned by my relatives where liquor is manufactured. No cash has been found by the I-T department from BDPL,” Sahu added.
I have been in active politics since 30-35 years. I am not a businessman, my relatives are. I am not accusing any political party. This cash neither belongs to Congress party nor any other political party for that matter,” he said.
BJP had earlier alleged that the liquor business and tax evasion have been running as a result of a nexus between the BJD and Congress.
The raids were first conducted on December 6 and the I-T officials stumbled upon huge amounts of cash stashed in the Sudpada distillery unit in Bolangir district.
It is pertinent to mention here that the liquor manufacturer in question is a stakeholder of Baldeo Sahu & Group of Companies, one of the biggest country liquor manufacturers and selling companies in western Odisha. The Income Tax has raided the offices and residences of all the persons linked to this group.
The I-T sleuths also raided Boudh Distillery Private Limited (BDPL) which is a subsidiary of Baldeo Sahu Infra Private Limited.