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CBI raids Stalin’s house, PM says timing unfortunate

The cloak and dagger game between the UPA government and DMK was witnessed on Thursday with the CBI carrying out raids at the residence of DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin. The raids triggered a political controversy over the timing as DMK had pulled out of the government two days ago.

Searches were carried out at 19 places across Tamil Nadu, including at Stalin’s home in Chennai, in the morning in a case of alleged tax evasion of imported cars. Sensing the political backlash, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh distanced the government from it.

‘This should not have...(happened). The timing of the raid is most unfortunate,’ said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh .

Congress ministers in UPA, including P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Kamal Nath strongly disapproved of the raids. DMK, however, termed them as political vendetta. ‘It is quiet clear why I am being targeted. We will face the case legally,’ said Stalin.

The BJP criticised the government over their action and asked what was the need to stop the raids if the CBI was merely doing its work. ‘It is an interference in the CBI’s work if the government got it stopped and if the government was actually interfering, it is answerable to the accusation that CBI is being misused,’ said Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley.
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