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Rs 350 crore cash haul: The money has nothing to do with Congress, says MP Dhiraj Sahu after I-T raids | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Speaking on the seizure of over Rs 350 crore in cash from a Odisha-based distillery firm owned by his family, Congress MP Dhiraj Sahu has said that this money has nothing to do with the Congress or any other political party.
Sahu said, “In the last 30-35 years of my political career, this is the first time that this kind of incident has taken place, due to which I am hurt.What is happening today makes me sad. … this money has nothing to do with Congress or any other political party as is being said … The money is not all mine,it belongs to my family and other related firms.”
He also said that he would give an “account” for everything.
He further said that his firm has been in business for over 100 years.
“You may also know that transactions in liquor business are done in cash only. My firm has been in business for over 100 years. The money that has been seized belongs to him,” he added.
The Congress has already cleared its stand, saying the party has nothing to do with Sahu’s business.
“The Indian National Congress is in no way connected with the businesses of Dheeraj Sahu, MP. Only he can explain and should explain, how huge amounts of cash have been reportedly unearthed by the income-tax authorities from his properties,” party leader Jairam Ramesh had said in a post on X.
When asked about the BJP’s allegation of the cash being black money, Sahu said that let the Income Tax Department decide whether it is ‘Kaala Dhan’ or ‘Safed Dhan’.
“I have already said that the money is from the business firms of my family…Let the side of the Income Tax Department come whether it is ‘Kaala Dhan’ or ‘Safed Dhan’. I am not in the business line. The members of my family will answer this,” he said.
“I don’t know how people are viewing this but I can confidently say that this money has nothing to do with Congress or any other political party,” he added.
Income tax officials last week concluded an IT raid at Congress MP Dheeraj Sahu’s premises in Odisha‘s Balangir. The Income Tax Department has, so far, netted Rs 351 crore in cash during its searches at Boudh Distillery Private Limited, a company based in Odisha. The company is allegedly linked to Dhiraj Sahu.



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