Mumbai: The Income Tax sleuths conducted raids at the premises of three contractors of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on charges of alleged bogus invoicing and invalid capital transfers.

Raids were conducted on contractors of Railcon, Skyway Infraprojects and RP Shah Infra Projects - those favoured by the Shiv Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. 

The raids were conducted early this week and the sleuths found that the BMC contractors had indulged in bogus purchase and capital transfers worth Rs 275 crore. However, the sleuths did not recover any cash. 

Out of the three companies, Skyway Infraprojects had got the construction contract worth Rs 119 crore with a jogging track. It had also got the contract of Rs 60 crore to redevelop the Byculla Zoo  

The action comes after the fallout between Shiv Sena and the BJP. Though BJP and Shiv Sena had formed an alliance before Assembly elections, the latter opted out of BJP-led NDA after the BJP refused to accept Shiv Sena's demands of rotational CM and equal Cabinet berths in the Maharashtra government.

With no party having majority, no alliance having the necessary numbers, Maharashtra is under President's rule currently. 

Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress are still in talks. Though Congress that is in alliance with NCP was initially said to support the Shiv Sena, no formal agreement has been done in this regard.