Ajit Pawar
Ajit Pawar

The Income Tax department has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 1000 crore linked to Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in the Benami property case.

The attached properties, allegedly linked to Ajit Pawar, are in Maharashtra, Goa and Delhi, sources said.

A media report quoted sources as saying that the Benami wing of the Income Tax department issued a provisional attachment order as part of the ongoing investigation.

According to the report, the assets attached by the Income Tax department, include Jarandeshwar Sugar Factory in Maharashtra’s Satara, an official premises in Mumbai, a flat in Delhi and a resort in Goa.

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Besides, the assets also include land parcels at 27 different locations in Maharashtra with a market value of Rs 500 crore.

Sources said the current market value of the attached properties is approximately more than Rs 1000 crore.

However, the book value of these assets is much less, the report said.

The Income Tax department in the month of October last detected unaccounted income of Rs 184 crore after it raided two real estate business groups in Mumbai and some entities allegedly associated with some relative of Ajit Pawar.

The Income Tax department raided two Mumbai real estate business groups, DB Realty and Shivalik Group, as well as certain individuals and entities associated with them, who were also related to Ajit Pawar’s son and sisters.

The search operations, launched in the first week of October, were carried out at about 70 premises spread across Mumbai, Pune, Baramati, Goa and Jaipur.

Ajit Pawar is the son of NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s elder brother Anantrao Pawar.

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