I-T raid on UP trader who is also SP MLC | India News – Times of India

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KANPUR: The Income Tax department conducted raids on the premises of two Kannauj based perfume traders, including Samajwadi Party MLC Pushpraj Jain alias Pampi Jain — the man behind Samajwadi perfume. The other perfume trader under the IT scanner has been identified as Mohammed Yaqood.
The IT searches come close on the heels of the raids by the GST Intelligence on perfume trader Piyush Jain in Kanpur and Kannauj, where cash worth Rs 198 crore was recovered in the past few days apart from several kilograms of gold and sandalwood oil.
The Friday raids began at around 7 am when IT teams with police backup reached Pushpraj Jain’s Chhipaiti house when the MLC and his family were present. The raids came hours before SP president Akhilesh Yadav was to address a press conference in Kannauj.
According to sources, the IT team conducted searches at nine places including Pushpraj Jain’s house and office in Kannauj. This apart, premises of the two traders in Lucknow and Kanpur were also being searched.
Reports said the raids were underway at almost all the locations till the time of filing this report late on Friday evening. As per the initial information, the raids were initiated on the charges of tax evasion.
A senior official privy to the investigation said in Kannauj, searches were under way at four locations of Yaqub and two locations of Pushpraj; in Lucknow, raids were conducted at three locations associated with the two traders.
Pushparaj Jain, 60, is co-owner of Pragati Aroma Oil Distillers Pvt Ltd. The perfume business was started by his father Sawailal Jain in the 1950s. Pushparaj, with the help of three brothers, has expanded it to Mumbai and even abroad.
In 2016, Akhilesh Yadav gave him the ticket to the upper house. He won unopposed from Etawah-Farrukhabad and his tenure will last in March 2022.
Recently, Pushparaj Jain hogged the limelight by launching the range of ‘Samajwadi perfume’ on November 9.

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