New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday slammed the I-T department’s move to launch raids at around nine locations in Mumbai connected to Nitin Gadkari's Purti group.

Terming it a conspiracy by the Congress Party, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, "Earlier they (Congress) used CBI, now they use the IT.”

Sources in the I-T department said the exercise by its investigation wing was in continuation of the earlier searches carried out at the shell companies (entities which serve as a vehicle for business transactions without themselves having any significant assets or operations) related to Purti group in Mumbai.

"We are verifying the addresses of the companies, the nature of the business and (whether) do they really exist," an IT source said. According to the sources, the inquiries followed "certain doubts" raised by the Pune branch of the department, which asked its Mumbai counterpart to inquire into those.

This came a day before Gadkari seeks a second straight term as BJP president.

(JPN/Agencies)

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