Income Tax raid underway at the residence of Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy.Image Source : ANI

Telangana: Income Tax ED searches residences, offices of Congress candidate Srinivas Reddy

IT Raid: Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy had earlier indicated that the Central agencies such as Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate may conduct raids aiming at him.

by · India TV

Income Tax Raid: Ahead of Telangana assembly elections 2023, the Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate on Thursday raided the residences and offices of Congress candidate Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy in Hyderabad and Khammam. Reddy is the Congress candidate from Palair constituency in Khammam district.

The search has been going on at his residence in Khammam since 3 am.

Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy joined Congress

It is pertinent to mention that he has recently joined Congress from Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). Media reports suggested that Reddy was scheduled to file his nomination papers today.

Supporters of Reddy gathered outside his residence to protest the raids and chanted slogans protesting the searches in Khammam.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Congress candidate said that the Central agencies such as the Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate may conduct raids. According to news agency PTI, Reddy alleged that during the past several days, the Central agencies were focusing their 'searches' on Congress leaders. The ruling BRS government in Telangana and BJP colluded in the "attacks" on Congress party leaders, he further alleged. "I request all my followers not to resort to any activity as they (Central agencies) may trouble me and my companies also," Reddy had said.

Last week, IT officials searched the residences of K Laxma Reddy, Maheshwaram assembly segment Congress candidate and Badangpet Municipal Corporation Mayor Chigurintha Parijata Narasimha Reddy.