Mamata rushes another protest letter to Centre: withdraw CRPF deployed for tax raids
Continuing her attack on the Narendra Modi regime over demonetisation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking why 15 companies of CRPF had been deployed for providing security to Income Tax officials in her state.
She demanded that the decision "should be withdrawn immediately" since central forces can only be deployed at the request of the state government.
Income Tax officials had earlier complained of "non-cooperation" from the Kolkata police during search and seizure operations related to black money, after which they had approached the home ministry for deployment of central forces.
Income Tax officials in Kolkata claimed they have seized nearly Rs 25 crore in "black money" - including Rs 4 crore seized from a businessman Friday - since demonetisation was announced on 8 November.
The state government, however, denied having received any complaint from the Income Tax department about "non-cooperation" of police officials. "We did not receive any communication from the Income Tax department that the Kolkata police officials are not cooperating with them," said Home Secretary Malay De said. "If they receive any such communication, the Kolkata police will definitely help."
State officials also pointed out that the Kolkata police had helped income tax sleuths during earlier operations, so there were no reason for not cooperating, if asked, this time around.