Income tax sleuths launched searches on the residential and business premises of two prominent Bhopal-based business groups including a BJP politician early on Wednesday morning.
Sources in the income tax department said that the searches covered two main groups, the Narmada Hospital and Manohar dairy and restaurant, and businesses and residential premises of people linked to them.
Those covered in the searches include Dr Rajesh and Renu Sharma, owners of the Narmada hospital at E 3, Arera Colony; Rajiv Mishra and Dr Padma Mishra of Noble Hospital in Misrod; Paramjit Singh Chandhok of Shiva constructions and BJP leader Shailendra Sharma and Sanjay Sharma.
Besides them, the searches also covered Manohar Harwani and Murli Harwani, the owners of Manohar dairy and restaurant.
Sources in the income tax department said Rajiv Mishra and Dr Padma Mishra, Paramjit Singh Chandhok and the two BJP leaders whose premises at Kakda Abhinav homes were searched have business links with Narmada Hospital.
Shailendra Sharma was very close to the former CM Uma Bharti. He was one of her official advisors during her tenure. Shailendra's father late Laxminarayan Sharma was a former BJP minister and Rajya Sabha MP.
The search covered Shailendra's residence at Nishat Colony. Sources said Rajiv Mishra, the promoter of Noble Hospital started off as a medical representative and later set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing unit, finally setting up the Noble Hospital in Misrod.
Manohar dairy and restaurant at MP Nagar and Hamidia Road remained closed on Wednesday.
Searches commenced at 7 am on Wednesday at 15 locations linked to the Narmada Hospital in Bhopal and one premises in Hoshangabad, and six locations linked to Manohar dairy and restaurant in Bhopal and one location in Indore.
The searches were continuing at the time of filing of the report and are likely to continue till Thursday afternoon at least. Sources said that incriminating documents and evidence pointing to undisclosed assets were found during the searches.
Income tax sleuths pegged the annual turnover as reported in the returns by the two groups at Rs 10-15 crore. Those covered in the searches were not available for comment.