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A search was conducted at the homes of two Congress MLAs in Jharkhand by the Internal Revenue Service

Sources familiar with the development said the Income Tax Department searched the residences of two Jharkhand Congress members – Kumar Jaimangal and Pradeep Yadav – on Friday.

Jaimangal alias Anup Singh represents Bermo, while Yadav represents Poreyahat after joining the Congress after leaving the JVM-P. Bihar registration number vehicles purportedly belonging to I-T officials were spotted outside Jaimangal’s residence. Yadav’s residence was also confirmed by sources in Godda to be occupied by I-T officials.

There are reports that Jaimangal purportedly told the media that the houses of people who do not listen to the BJP would be raided. According to his election affidavit, Jaimangal does not own any immovable property.

According to a PTI report, several searches have been conducted by the I-T Department in connection with an investigation into charges related to tax evasion.

On July 31, Jaimangal had been in the news after filing a complaint in Jharkhand, resulting in the registration of a zero-fingerprint police report following the arrest of three Congress MLAs with Rs 50 lakh in cash in West Bengal.

BJP leaders have labelled the claim of a bid to topple the JMM-Congress-RJD government as “fraudulent.” He claimed that the three MLAs lured him to meet Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma with an offer of Rs 10 crore per MLA.

Jaimangal had filed a similar complaint in 2021, claiming that efforts were being made to “destabilize the coalition government in Jharkhand”.

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