Industrialists considered close to Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh have come under the income-tax scanner. The I-T department on Thursday conducted raids on various premises of packaging company Uflex (formerly Flex Industries) and telecom equipment manufacturer Himachal Futuristic Communications for suspected tax evasions.
The department carried out searches at ten premises and surveys at five premises of Uflex located in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. When contacted, Central Board of Direct Taxes spokesperson confirmed the raids on two companies but declined to give details. The search operation was also carried out on the residential premises of businessman Ashok Chaturvedi, the promoter of Uflex.
Uflex, which is listed on Bombay Stock Exchange, manufactures packaging products, polyester film, inks and adhesives. The Flex Group has offices in various cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
While Chaturvedi could not be reached for comment, a company spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied raid by the income-tax department. Chaturvedi, who is considered close to the political establishment in UP, had a brush with law in a bribery case earlier.
Tax officials also raided various premises of telecom equipment company HFCL in Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. A spokesperson for the company confirmed the raid. Sources in the I-T department said the offices of Club One Air were also raided by the authorities.
SP leader Amar Singh, who charged the ruling side with harassing people close to him, said it was yet another instance of the vindictive approach of the ruling dispensation.
The timing of the raids is significant as it comes a day ahead of the declaration of results in the just-concluded Uttar Pradesh elections. There were speculation about imminent action against SP leaders and their associates by the tax authorities.