IT seizes over Rs15-cr from Karnataka minister

Sonia-Ahmed

The ruling Congress party in Karnataka has chose to stoutly defend its embattled Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar, who has by now undergone 72 hours of continuous grilling by Income Tax sleuths, who have raided his houses and properties across the nation in an attempt to unearth hidden wealth of the Vokkaliga community strongman.

Income Tax department has raided Karnataka power Minister DK Shivakumar. The taxmen raided almost 39 premises across the country owned by the minister and his family with the help of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel officials - including his home in Bengaluru. 'India under 75% emergency' The raids at the resort had sparked a huge political row with Parliament proceedings getting disrupted and Congress calling it an "unprecedented witch-hunt" to win one Rajya Sabha seat.

The Congress leadership has convinced its Gujarat MLAs to stay at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru till the eve of the Rajya Sabha polls on August 8. A politician and businessman takes care of us and he is subjected to three days of raids and questioning.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday termed the I-T raids on DK Shivakumar politically motivated and said this shows BJP's mentality. Jaitley's response came after Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge warned the government against using ED and I-T to crush the Opposition. According to the several news reports I-T department raided Shivakumar's Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru where 44 Gujarat Congress MLA's are recently holed up. The Congress had alleged that the BJP was using CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to target MLAs from their party.

"The Congress minister, who had been raided in Karnataka, was already under probe".

The I-T department had conducted searches at multiple properties related to Shivakumar in connection with a tax evasion case.

The IT department had also raided the house of the minister's father-in-law in Bengaluru.

Gujarat Congress spokesperson, Shaktisinh Gohil accused the BJP of trying to bribe the Congress MLAs in Gujarat ahead of the RS poll in the state.

"There are raids on 39 other places, but there is no link with the Gujarat elections".

IT officials are not allowing anybody to enter the house nor letting to go out the inmates.

The MLAs in the resort have said that they "will save democracy" no matter what happened.

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