Bengaluru: The Income Tax department on Wednesday seized Rs 9.5 crores in raids conducted on 39 properties related to Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar reported NDTV. With the help of Central Reserve Police Force, I-T Department also raided the resort of the minister where Congress MLAs from Gujarat are staying ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls on August 8.
The raids were termed were termed ‘unfair’ by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. “In order to meet political conspiracies, IT department has been used. This is not fair in politics.”Questioning the participation of Central Reserve Police Force in the raids, Siddaramaiah said, “CRPF was used during IT raids instead of seeking police cooperation,” he alleged. Clarifying on the raids, Income Tax Department said the raids were evidence gathering exercise in a case. A press release from the department read, “The search under Section 132 of the Income Tax Act is an evidence gathering exercise which is being carried in compliance with all statutory requirements. The search is the continuation of an investigation which has been in progress for a considerable period of time.”
Congress Rajya Sabha Member Anand Sharma alleged the raids were conducted under political vendetta. Sharma said the raids at the resort could not be mere coincidence. However, the allegations were refuted by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the upper house of Parliament. Arun Jaitley said no searches were conducted on any Congress MLA. Jaitley added, “Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar was to be quizzed by the I-T sleuths who was hiding at the Eagleton Resort. Raids are being carried out at 39 locations. Please do not link the I-T raids with Rajya Sabha polls.” Congress MLAs were taken to Bengaluru after six of its MLAs quit the party before crucial Rajya Sabha elections in the state. The elections were seen as a matter of prestige by Congress who fielded Ahmed Patel from Bharuch constituency.