The Income-Tax department expanded its search operations against former I-T officer PVS Sharma which had initially begun at the house.
Sharma had made allegations against Kalamandir Jewellers in Surat accusing them of avoiding tax on the Rs110 crore black money which they allegedly deposited in the bank during demonetisation.
A team of the I-T officials also searched the house of his chartered accountant Ashok Adukiya. The department searched the premises of Sanket Media Private Limited and Builder Dhaval Shah.
Kusum Silicone Company in Mumbai was also searched where Sharma used to work and was paid Rs18 lakh per annum. Kusum Dyecap a firm in Surat, was also searched in this connection.
The I-T department suspects that PVS Sharma may be behind a money-laundering racket. The department has also got several documents during the search operations.
The team seized 10 family lockers of PVS Sharma and Rs3.50 lakh in cash. The premises of Bharat Shah of Chayda Sansthan was also searched.
In all the department searched 10 places in Surat, two in Mumbai and one in Thane. More than 50 officials were involved in the search operations.
What PVS Sharma said about the search
BJP Leader PVS Sharma who is also the Surat City Vice-President of the party has alleged that he was targeted because he was going to expose the shenanigans through various documents.
The Income Tax department had carried out search operations at the house of PVS Sharma on Wednesday late night. The operations went on till early morning and several I-T officials are still present at his house. Sources said that the department has seized several documents and his mobile phone.
BJP leader PVS Sharma in the meantime has gone on a protest to seek recovery of his documents and mobile phone. Sharma has alleged that after his revelations, he had been called on October 27 to record his statement.
PV Sharma had on Tuesday alleged that Kalamandir Jewellers had evaded tax worth crores of rupees during the demonetisation and that he has proof of the same.
The BJP leader had said that during demonetisation, one big jewellery business had deposited Rs110 crore in the bank in three days but paid only Rs84 lakh as tax.
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