ED, I-T raid locations linked to SP leader Azam Khanb

    Pankaj Sharma
    September13/ 2023
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    New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (I-T) Department were on Wednesday conducting simultaneous raids at multiple locations linked to senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan.

    The I-T raids were reportedly related to the Al Jauhar Trust, which is headed by Khan, a former Cabinet Minister.

    According to information, the search operations are currently underway in Lucknow, Rampur, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur, and Sitapur.

    Earlier this year, the Uttar Pradesh government revoked a lease for a 3.24-acre plot in Rampur that had been granted to the Trust for the purpose of establishing a research institute.

    This lease, originally signed in the fiscal year 2013-14, had a nominal annual fee of Rs 100 and was intended to last for over three decades.

    The government took this action following allegations of irregularities, and despite the long-standing lease, the research institute was never constructed.

    The I-T Department and the ED are yet to officially comment on Wednesday’s raids.

    Further details are awaited.