Shimla, Jul 10 (PTI) The BJP alleged on Wednesday that the ED and IT department have recovered incriminating documents in the raids conducted recently and two close confidants of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu are involved in scams worth crores.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (IT) department sleuths had conducted raids on the establishments and houses of some businessmen and contractors on June 29 and July 4 in Himachal's Hamirpur and Kangra districts. The investigation agencies collected documents after conducting raids at jewellery shops, petrol pumps and crushers.

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Leader of Opposition Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday asked Sukhu to come clean on his association with people engaged in mining business and whose premises were raided by ED and IT recently.

Addressing media persons here, the former chief minister said according to media reports, the ED and the IT initiated action on the basis of FIR, complaints and field reports and incriminating documents which indicate scams worth crores of rupees have surfaced. Reports of proximity of the alleged offenders with chief minister are worrying, he added.

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Thakur, who also called on Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla, said earlier also allegations of changing the conditions of tenders have surfaced but the chief minister maintained silence.

Corruption has reached its peak, the chief minister is wreaking vengeance against the political opponents and the government machinery was blatantly used to win byelections, he alleged.

In a statement issued here, the BJP leaders alleged that the ED has drawn certain inferences regarding large scale "illegal mining" and found that Himachal chief minister's "close confidants Gian Chand and Pratap Chand" are involved in multi-crore "scams".

They claimed that according to news reports, the ED has found evidence of Rs 8 crore being deposited in cash in a single account and it appears that the government openly favoured them causing huge loss to state exchequer.

In a video statement, BJP MLA from Dharamshala, Sudhir Sharma, alleged that documents regarding land deals, cash transactions and tenders being managed by tweaking rules have been found during the recent raids conducted by the ED and the IT in the premises of some stone crushers and owners of hotels close to Sukhu.

In another video statement, BJP candidate for Dehra assembly seat bypoll, Hoshiyar Singh, took a jibe at Sukhu and said his government is a "government of friends" as the chief minister is giving benefits to his friends.

Of all the crushers in the area, the crusher where raids were conducted was the only one which was operational during the monsoon calamity last year, Singh added.

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