Kejriwal fires missile at Modi as Income Tax bombs Delhi minister

New Delhi, Oct 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise to people for "constantly troubling" the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said following the Income Tax Department raids on premises linked to his minister Kailash Gahlot. The Income Tax Department (ITD) conducted searches this morning on multiple premises linked to Gahlot, the Delhi Transport minister, in connection with an alleged tax evasion case, officials said."Friendship with Neerav Modi and Mallya and raid on us? Modiji you conducted raids on me Satyendar and Manish what happened to those (raids). Nothing was found. So before you go with another raid at least apologise to Delhi people for troubling their elected government," Kejriwal tweeted.Officials said at least 16 locations in and around the national capital linked to Gahlot were being raided by a team of about 30 ITD sleuths.The Aam Aadmi Party termed the raid as a "media event".AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj asked the central agencies including the CBI, the ED and the ITD to disclose if it found anything related to "corruption" during their raids on AAP leaders and ministers."Many such raids happened in the past but nothing substantial came out nor any charge sheet was filed," he said.The searches are being conducted as part of a tax evasion probe against two construction firms linked to the minister and others, the officials said.Earlier, Income Tax sleuths on Wednesday raided 16 residence and business premises related to Delhi Cabinet Minister Kailash Gahlot and his family members in the national capital and Gurugram, officials said."The raids relate to two companies - Brisk Infrastructure and Developer Pvt Ltd, and Corporate International Financial Services Pvt Ltd - run by Gahlot and his family members," Income Tax Department spokesperson Subhi Ahluwalia told IANS.Gahlot holds the portfolios of Transport, Law, Revenue, Information Technology, and Administrative Reforms in the Delhi Cabinet.The raids are going on at various locations, including Vasant Kunj, Paschim Vihar, Najafgarh and Gurugram.The Aam Aadmi Party called the raids a result of "political vendetta".The party said that while they were busy working for the people of Delhi, the BJP was getting raids conducted at houses of AAP ministers and leaders."Political vendetta continues... we are giving cheap electricity to the people, free water, good health and education services to the people. We are also delivering government services at people's doorsteps. And they are forcing CBI, ED to conduct raids at the residences of our ministers and leaders. The public is watching everything and will give a reply in 2019 polls," the party tweeted.Agencies