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P Chidambaram arrested in INX Media case: What next for Akhilesh, Mayawati, others 

Opposition parties have been accusing the BJP of playing vendetta politics and resorting to political witch hunting. ,The BJP has rubbished these charges and maintained that the CBI and ED work in an independent manner.

P Chidambaram arrested in INX Media case: What next for Akhilesh, Mayawati, others 

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday in New Delhi. (Photo: Reuters)

A day after the CBI arrested senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case, the Congress alleged that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is playing vendetta politics. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the BJP of targeting Opposition leaders in a "political witch hunt".

From time to time, Opposition parties have made similar allegations against the BJP. On its part, the BJP has always rubbished these charges and maintained that the investigating agencies - CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) - work in an independent manner and the BJP does not influence its investigations.

Here is a list of Opposition leaders facing investigations at present:

AKHILESH YADAV (SAMAJWADI PARTY)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 17, 2019 registered a money laundering case against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav in connection with alleged illegal mining.

The CBI registered a case on January 2 against 11 people, including public servants, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, to probe the role of the state's mining ministers, including Akhilesh Yadav, during 2012-16.

Status of case: Under investigation

MAYAWATI (BSP)

1) MEMORIAL SCAM

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31, 2019 conducted searches across seven locations in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the alleged irregularities in the construction of memorials and statues at a cost of Rs 111 crore during Mayawati's tenure as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The probe agency has filed a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a state vigilance department complaint dating back to 2014.

The vigilance complaint was filed under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) pertaining to alleged financial irregularities in the construction of memorials, including statues of BSP founder Kanshi Ram and the party's poll symbol, the elephant, when Mayawati served as the chief minister between 2007 and 2012.

The constructions "resulted in a loss of more than Rs 111.44 crore to the government exchequer and unlawful gain to public servants and private individuals", the vigilance complaint alleged.

Status of case: Under investigation

2) ATTACHMENT OF BENAMI PROPERTY OF MAYAWATI's BROTHER

In July 2019 Income Tax Department attached a 'benami' property of Mayawati's brother worth Rs 400 crore in Noida. Mayawati recently appointed her brother, Anand Kumar, as national vice-president of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The provisional order for the attachment of the seven-acre plot, "beneficially owned" by Kumar and his wife Vichiter Lata, was issued on July 16 by the Income Tax Department's Delhi-based Benami Prohibition Unit.

VIRBHADRA SINGH (Congress)

A case was registered in September 2015 under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha, among others. The allegation was that he acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income during his tenure as Union steel minister in the UPA-II government.

A Delhi court in February 2019 framed charges of criminal misconduct and amassing disproportionate assets of over Rs 10 crore against Virbhadra Singh, paving way for commencement of trial in the case.

Status of case: Trial pending in lower court

BHUPINDER SINGH HOODA (Congress)

Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda is facing the heat in a string of CBI and vigilance cases over controversial land deals during his 10-year tenure as chief minister.

The ED had initiated investigation under the provisions of PMLA, on the basis of an FIR registered at Manesar in Gurgaon under sections of cheating, criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

On July 26, 2019, the ED provisionally attached land and bank balances worth Rs 66.57 crore in connection with the Manesar land scam under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Status of case: Under investigation

DK SHIVAKUMAR (CONGRESS)

In September 2018, senior Congress leader from Karnataka DK Shivakumar and his four associates were booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions.

They were booked under the PMLA based on a chargesheet filed by the Income Tax Department against them.

Shivakumar has been under the scanner of Income Tax authorities since August 2017. The Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation), Karnataka & Goa had raided the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bidadi in suburban Bengaluru then, where he had hosted 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha elections.

Tax raids lasting a week, which were conducted at nearly 60 premises of Shivakumar, his relatives and associates across Karnataka and in Delhi, had reportedly led to the recovery of over Rs 10 crore in cash from the four properties in Delhi andin Karnataka, which are said to be linked to them.

AHMED PATEL (CONGRESS)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in April 2019 named senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel and one Mrs Gandhi in the chargesheet against Christian Michel, who is the key accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam.

According to ED's chargesheet, Christian Michel during questioning revealed that 'AP' stands for Ahmed Patel and 'Fam' stands for Family.

AP and Fam were code words mentioned in a diary accessed by the ED. India Today TV has learnt that the supplementary chargesheet against Christian Michel, the AgustaWestland middleman who was extradited from Dubai in December 2018, names some Congress leaders.

However, sources have told India Today TV that these leaders are not named as accused in the chargesheet. Meanwhile, the ED has added three new names as accused in the case.

Status of case: Under Investigation

KAMAL NATH'S NEPHEW RATUL PURI

Enforcement Directorate (ED) is investigating his role in the AgustaWestland chopper scam.

In August 2019, he was arrested in connection with alleged bank fraud. On August 20, a special court sent him to six-day custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the agency that is investigating him for his role in the chopper scam, too.

REVANTH REDDY (CONGRESS)

Senior Telangana Congress leader A Revanth Reddy on February 19 appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the cash-for-vote case.

In 2015, Reddy, then in the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), was caught while allegedly trying to bribe a nominated MLA to vote for his party's nominee in the Telangana Legislative Council polls.

In September 2018 Income Tax department officials grilled A Revanth Reddy for several hours in connection with alleged evasion of taxes.

SHASHI THAROOR (CONGRESS)

In November 2014 senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy indicated that he may file a PIL demanding a court-monitored probe into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of senior Congress leader Sashi Tharoor. Sunanda died in a Delhi hotel.

In January 2015, the then Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said Pushkar did not commit suicide but was murdered. Delhi Police registered a murder case against unknown people in the case.

Status of case: Under investigation

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