From the Mukhtar Ansari case to the Piyush Jain case, here’s a look at the top eight cases filed by central agencies against UP politicians and businessmen since 2021.
Photo shows cash retrieved by Income Tax officials from Piyush Jain’s residence in Kanpur during a raid on Dec 23, 2021. (PTI photo/ file)
By Munish Chandra Pandey: Since 2021, the central investigative agencies have lodged several cases against businessmen and politicians in Uttar Pradesh. India Today brings you the top cases which are being investigated by the federal probe agencies.
Mukhtar Ansari case
Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari was arrested by the ED in a case of forceful land grabbing in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, his son was arrested by the ED. The financial probe agency’s case is based on multiple FIRs filed against Mukhtar Ansari and his aides by Uttar Pradesh Police. The ED also attached properties worth Rs 1.48 crores linked to Mukhtar Ansari and his family members. It was for the first time any central agency was able to dent the mafia gangsters.
Atiq Ahmed Case
Former MP and mafia Atiq Ahmed is facing action by the Enforcement Directorate. The ED had initiated a money laundering probe on the basis of several FIRs filed at various police stations against Atiq Ahmed and others for the criminal offences related to murder, extortion, cheating, forgery, and land grabbing. The ED has attached immovable and movable assets worth Rs 8.14 crore belonging to Atiq Ahmed and his wife in a money laundering case. Currently, Atiq Ahmed is in jail for several ongoing cases against him.
Azam Khan case
ED had filed a case against Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan in connection with the transfer of funds to Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust that runs Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Azam Khan is the university’s founder and chancellor. Investigation was done after taking cognisance of at least 26 FIRs filed by the state police against him, including allegations that a university run by him in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh has been raised over land that had been grabbed from a ‘enemy property’.
The ED questioned Azam Khan in the jail last year and also summoned is wife and son in this case.
Gomti river scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged a fresh case in 2021 in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Gomti river front project in Lucknow, which was undertaken during the Akhliesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. The fresh case filed by the CBI in Gomti River Project came just a few months ahead of the assembly election in UP. Later, ED filed a money laundering case and issued notice to 16 people in connection with Gomti River Front scam in Lucknow during the previous Samajwadi Party regime recently.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also summoned 12 contractors in connection with a Rs 1,400 crore scam that took place during SP government’s tenure in Uttar Pradesh.
BSP MP Haji Fazlur Rehman case
A unit of Income Tax department from Lucknow carried out searches on factories and premises of BSP MP from Saharanpur, Haji Fazlur Rehman, in five states last week. BSP MP is accused of evasion of Rs 1,000 crore tax and making shell companies for diverting money. Raids were conducted at the MP’s other residence and meat factories in Delhi and Punjab as well.
Piyush Jain case
The Piyush Jain case was the talk of the country during the last election in Uttar Pradesh. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence raided businessman Piyush Jain and recovered a huge amount of cash. The DRI is also probing the recovery of 23 kg gold found from Piyush’s Kannauj house.
In December 2021, the Ahmedabad unit of Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) conducted a raid at Piyush’s Kannauj house and seized over Rs 195 crore in cash, 23 kilograms of gold and sandalwood oil worth Rs 6 crore. Of the 23kg of gold, 11 kg had a foreign mark. The DGGI admitted that this gold was smuggled from abroad. The Enforcement Directorate later also started a probe in this case.
Piyush jain was given bail by Allahabad High Court after he spent eight months in jail.
Samajwadi Party leader Pushpraj Jain Case
The income tax department (IT) conducted raids on nearly 50 premises of the Samajwadi Party (SP) MLC and perfume baron Pushpraj Jain. During assembly elections, it raided Pushpraj Jain, an alleged close associate of Akhilesh Yadav. It became a big discussion in the state.
As per IT department, Pushpraj Jain was operating a foreign company from India secretly. The IT department alleged that Jain was involved in tax evasion of Rs 10 crore. The Income Tax is still probing the case.
Operation Dalhousie (ghanaran constructions)
Operation Dalhouse is included in the top five Income Tax raids in Uttar Pradesh.
The Income Tax Department unearthed a massive tax theft case, involving several individuals and businessmen. It allegedly found Rs 153 crore of black money and tax liability of Rs 300-400 crore.
Evidence of cash-transactions worth Rs 250 crore were also found. The agency also seized Rs 15.50 crore in cash and jewellery worth crores of rupees.