The income tax department’s raids on the aides and family members of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath on April 7 seem to have triggered retaliatory action by agencies under the state government. And at the receiving end are bureaucrats considered close to the previous BJP government and BJP leaders.
Two days after the searches, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the state government registered a case against unknown persons and information technology firms in connection with the Rs 3,000 crore e-tendering scam.
An EOW team also went down to Bengaluru to arrest the employees of an IT firm. Again, on April 14, the EOW registered cases under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against former Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism vice-chancellor B.K. Kuthiyala and 19 others occupying administrative and faculty posts.
Soon after the Congress government took over in December, a three-member panel was set up to probe allegations of wrongdoing in the university between 2003 and 2018. More such probes are on in the departments of cooperation, public relations, health, water resources, forests and PWD, say sources, and the possibility of more FIRs cannot be ruled out.
The Vyapam scam, in which several BJP leaders were implicated but later received a clean chit from the CBI, too may be revisited.