NEW DELHI: A multi-crore newsprint import scam, involving some politicians, has been unearthed by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) which has arrested five businessmen in this connection.

At least 300 tonnes of paper imported from various countries through tax evasion has been seized by the DRI sleuths in this connection, sources in the agency said here on saturday.

Investigations have revealed that some paper businessmen were using RNI certificates of some small time newspapers to import the consignments, they said.

So far five such importers have been arrested in Delhi, the sources said without divulging their names and other details lest it should affect the investigations.

The probe has indicated to involvement of at least four MPs or MLAs of Delhi, Ghaziabad and some other places who are running newspapers, they said. .- PTI