A team of Crime Branch officials Friday raided two residences of former minister and Assembly Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar, a week after he was booked in a vigilance case.

Kar told reporters, “They searched my entire home, inquired of my properties and related documents. They also took stock of my wife’s sarees and jewels. The team has seized my bank passbook, home documents and gave me a seizure list.” The search went on from 8:30 am till 7 pm.

An official of the Tripura Police Crime Branch said the raid was conducted based on the vigilance case booked against Kar on July 2 at the Bodhjungnagar Police Station. “It pertains to benaami property owned by him amounting to Rs 28 crores,” the official said.

Around 30 documents pertaining to his property and his bank account were seized. The seized documents would be scrutinized, associated details would be collected and then the accused would be called to give his statement, the official said.

However, Kar termed the raid ‘political vendetta’ and said it was akin to another conspiracy against former finance minister Badal Chowdhury, in which the latter was arrested for purported corruption. “People know about the property I own. Let the investigation be done. I will also consult with my counsel,” the former Deputy Speaker said.

Tripura Left Front convener Bijan Dhar said such raids are part of a ‘political vendetta’ against their leaders.

However, BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya claimed…

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