Who Is Dhiraj Sahu? How Big This IT Raid on Congress MP Was

The total unaccounted cash discovered in locations associated with Congress Rajya Sabha MP Dhiraj Sahu has now reached ₹353 crore as the counting concluded on Sunday. The situation has escalated into a significant political controversy due to the direct involvement of the Congress MP.

Income tax officials conducted raids on Wednesday at premises linked to Boudh Distilleries Private Limited in Odisha, Jharkhand, and West Bengal, revealing stacks of currency notes stored in almirah racks. The counting process, which began immediately, took several days to complete, partly due to the normal operations of the SBI branch where the counting was taking place.

As of now, neither the MP nor the company has issued any statement regarding the substantial amount of cash discovered. The Congress party has distanced itself, asserting no connection to the MP’s business, and is urging him to provide an explanation for the significant cash find.

What We Know About Dhiraj Sahu?

Dhiraj Sahu, the son of social worker and freedom fighter Rai Sahab Baldeo Sahu and Shushila Devi, is also the brother of former Lok Sabha MP Shiv Prasad Sahu. A resident of Lohardanga, Jharkhand, Sahu pursued his BA at Marwari College in Ranchi.

His political journey commenced with the National Students Union of India, where he actively participated from 1978 to 1983, according to The Indian Express. Dhiraj Sahu made his entry into the Rajya Sabha through a by-election in 2009, marking the beginning of his political career. Subsequently, he secured re-election in 2010 and attained a third term in the Rajya Sabha in May 2018.

Beyond his role as a parliamentarian, Sahu has contributed to various parliamentary committees. Currently, he serves as a member of the Committee on Coal, Mines, and Steel, as well as the Consultative Committee on Power and New and Renewable Energy.

How Big This I-T Raid was?

The counting process unfolded as a remarkable spectacle, marking the largest cash seizure in a single operation in the country. A total of 176 bags, each filled with cash, were transported to the SBI branch where the counting took place. To expedite the process, three banks were enlisted, and 40 currency counting machines were deployed, although there was initially a shortage due to some machines breaking down during the operation.

Nine teams, comprising around 80 individuals from both the tax department and various banks, worked tirelessly in round-the-clock shifts to complete the counting. The operation intensified when 10 cash-laden almirahs were discovered, prompting the addition of another team consisting of 200 officials, including security personnel, drivers, and support staff. The concerted efforts of these teams contributed to the comprehensive counting of the substantial cash find.

How Dhiraj Sahu Trolled In his Own Old Tweet?

Notebandi ke baad bhi‘: Congress MP’s old tweet viral, ‘Dark sense of humour’: Amit Malviya

Amit Malviya from the BJP posted a screenshot of a past tweet by Dhiraj Sahu, expressing astonishment at the continued existence of black money in the country despite demonetization. Malviya tweeted, “Dhiraj Prasad Sahu has a dark sense of humour.”

In his 2022 tweet, Dhiraj Prasad Sahu Wrote, “I feel distressed witnessing widespread corruption and the presence of black money in the country even after demonetization. It is beyond my comprehension how individuals can amass such significant amounts of black money. According to him, only the Congress has the ability to eradicate corruption within the party.”

How Dhiraj Sahu Trolled By BJP National Spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala?

“Think about it – one Congress MP stole so much that it requires a whole army of people to count it. Now, picture this happening for 60 years with thousands of Congress MPs. The total stolen money adds up to tens of thousands of crores. Congress is sick with the disease of corruption!” remarked BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala.

What Amit Shah Said About This I-T Raid?

On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the issue, raising questions about the silence of parties like SP, DMK, and JDU in India. Shah suggested that the earlier allegations against the Modi government, accusing it of misusing investigation agencies, can now be understood. According to him, this fear stemmed from concerns that their corruption would be exposed.

Prime Minister Modi also commented on the substantial cash discovery, asserting that it is his guarantee that every penny will be returned to the public.


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