India's main law enforcement body has sparked a political firestorm by raiding the house of a top politician hours after his party withdrew from the governing coalition.
Agents from the Central Bureau of Investigation searched M.K. Stalin's house in connection with a case investigating the importation of cars without the payment of taxes.
Stalin is second in command of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party. The Tamil Nadu-based party officially pulled out of the government late Wednesday in a dispute over India's stance toward Sri Lanka's post-civil war conduct.
Political leaders across India accused the government of misusing its power to punish an erstwhile ally.
The government and the CBI denied the accusations, but Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said he disapproved of the raid because it was likely to be misconstrued.