Indian ministers defend raids on Opposition leaders

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Day of reckoning has come for many Arun Jaitley on CBI raids

The raids took place after a first information report (FIR) was registered on Monday, the CBI confirmed in connection with Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for media firm INX Media in 2007.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President S Thirunavukkarasar said the raid was political revenge as Chidambaram was critical about the government both inside and outside the Parliament. "The government's aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of the Opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisation", the senior Congress leader and former Union minister said in a statement.

The BJP leader alleged that Kumar did not take any action against Lalu and his sons as he fears losing power, which he can not afford. Before threatening Lalu, look at your face in the mirror.

The Congress leader wondered whether the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh was corruption and asked why the Modi did not take action against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan whose name allegedly cropped up in the scam.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, demanding an CBI probe in Yadav family's financial dealings saying Yadav, as the Union Railway Minister in the UPA government, indulged in quid pro quo in return of properties in posh localities. "A profit worth Rs.1,000 crore is questionable, and hence he is under the scanner". "We expect the central government to take appropriate action", Hindustan Times quoted the Union minister as saying. "Now, people in high positions acquiring assets through shell companies is not a small matter and I think the day of reckoning has come for many, they will all be held accountable", the finance minister said, with sources interpreting his remarks as a sign that the government could be planning to implement the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act. "The issue is why the beneficiaries gave money to the companies owned by the son", the minister said. The government does not interfere in CBI probes.

On Income Tax raids on businesses and persons linked to Lalu Prasad, Goyal said, "We did not ask for the fodder scam case to be reopened".

Yadav said no one could intimidate him and he was more than happy to see them in the court. I do not understand why they are conducting raids. "I have not done anything wrong".

While Lalu Prasad put up a fearless face saying he will continue to fight against "fascist forces" and was "not scared of empty threats", Chidambaram reacted to the CBI raids asking whether he should "stop writing against the Government".

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