Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi stop ‘vendetta politics’ as he came out in support of Swaraj India chief and erstwhile colleague in Aaam Admi Party Yogendra Yadav after raids at two hospitals owned by his sisters.
“We strongly condemn victimisation of Yogendra Yadav’s family by the Modi government through the use of agencies like IT (Income Tax Department). Modi government should stop such vendetta politics,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Yadav, a founding member of the AAP was expelled from the party in April 2015 along with Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for ‘anti-party activities’.
On Wednesday, Yadav put out a series of tweets saying that hospitals run by his sister in Haryana’s Rewari were raided by Income Tax officials.
“The Modi regime now targets my family. Two days after my nine-day padyatra in Rewari and launching of agitation for MSP (minimum support price) and against liquor thekas, a massive IT raid is on at the hospital-cum-nursing home of my sisters in Rewari.
“Please search me, my home, why target my family?”
‘Modiji, you can’t silence me’
In another tweet, he said that more than 100 officials from Delhi raided the hospital at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and “detained” all the doctors, including his sisters, brother-in-law and nephew, in their chambers.
“Hospital sealed, including ICU for new-born babies. A clear attempt to intimidate. Modiji you can’t silence me,” Yadav said.
The raid was carried out by a team of the I-T department from Gurugram at Kalawati Hospital and Kamla Nursing Centre run by Yadav’s sister and brother-in-law at the Shiva Chowk neighbourhood in Rewari.
Surabhi Ahluwalia, spokesperson for the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), said three premises of the two hospitals were under an I-T probe.
“We have also found the evidence of purchase of jewellery from (fugitive jeweller) Nirav Modi by the family members in which part payments have been made in cash,” she said.
Ahluwalia also denied that Yadav was being targeted. “It’s incorrect to say that the raids are an entirely political move. It is just incidental that the persons who are being searched happen to be relatives of Yogendra Yadav,” she said.
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