NEW DELHI, July 18 (IANS): Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday raided the residence and offices of former union minister Matang Sinh, who has just been re-admitted to the Congress, sources said.
Simultaneous raids were conducted at Sinh's Gole Market residence in New Delhi and the offices of North East Television - owned by him - in Noida and Guwahati, CBI sources told IANS.
The raids were based on complaints of finacial irregularities and money laundering against Sinh and his media companies, the sources added. However, a spokesperson for Sinh said the complaints were triggered by personal and family rvialries.
Sinh is at his residence in New Delhi where the raids are likely to continue till evening, the sources added.
Sinh, the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the Narasimha Rao government, was re-admitted to the Congress on Saturday at a function at the party headquarters here.
A Rao-loyalist, Sinh was suspended from the Congress in 2000 for "anti-party activities" amdist reports that he was rallying partymen against party president Sonia Gandhi.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, who re-admitted Sinh to the party, said that he had been taken back in view of his "contribution to the Congress in the recent assembly polls in Assam". Before his re-admission, Sinh had met Gandhi at her residence.