DK Shivakumar says he knew raids were coming

Aug 06, 2017, 00:46
DK Shivakumar says he knew raids were coming

A political storm is raging over income tax raids on over 60 premises linked to Karnataka power minister DK Shivakumar, who was busy keeping together Congress's group of 44 Gujarat MLAs before the August 8 Rajya Sabha election.

Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah on Wednesday had condemned the raids as politically motivated.

The official said the department is investigating Shivakumar in a case of alleged tax evasion and huge undisclosed investments in real estate and other sectors.

The taxmen had kept Shivakumar at his Sadashivanagar residence since the raids began for questioning and now that the search has concluded, the minister said that he would meet the Gujarat MLAs, staying at the Eagleton Gold Resort in the outskirts of Bengaluru. The Congress raised the issue in parliament, forcing multiple adjournments in the upper house, and the BJP of carrying out "an unprecedented witch-hunt".

DK Shivakumar is a most influential leader in Karnataka Congress who is also the person look after the MLA's from Gujarat by the Central party leadership.

"As of now, they have taken him (the Minister) to his residence". Replying to a question, Siddaramaiah said that "I don't know what they have recovered". In a bid to avoid horse-trading the Congress holed up the MLAs in the Bengaluru resort. The income tax department's ongoing raids on Shivakumar and his kin may have shaken and shocked Congressmen in Karnataka, but to him, it was just a matter of when.

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Raids were also conducted on the business associates of the Minister in Bengaluru and Hassan in the state. "The torn sheet, restored partially, is now being analysed", the official said.

Gohil continued, "The manner in which they entered the resort and searched the rooms tells us they are trying to scare us, but they will not succeed".

Thanking the media, Shivakumar said he would not talk about the raids or seizures till he got the "panchanama" from the I-T Department. "Taking reserve police to his house and other places is not fair", he added.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has come out in defence of the sudden raids, claiming that the state Energy minister was destroying papers crucial for a probe.

The Congress rushed the lawmakers to Bengaluru late on Friday night after six lawmakers quit the party in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha election.

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