The Karnataka Congress Minister DK Shivakumar is facing crests and troughs for a couple of days now. The Income Tax department has been conducting raids at the minister’s properties for a couple of days now.
On its first visit, the Income tax department unearthed a whopping sum of Rs 10 crore cash after raids at the premises of Congress minister. The IT department recently conducted raids at Safdarjung residence in Delhi.
They tax officials also searched the Eagleton Golf resort in Bengaluru, a place which was overseen by Shivakumar to ensure a comfortable stay of the 42 Gujarat Congress MLAs.
The Congress party slammed BJP and the IT department at the Rajya Sabha, followed by a walk-off from the congregation. They also condemned the IT department for bringing in paramilitary forces at the residences of these Congress ministers.
However, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha claimed that the company had no connections with the raids.
“There has been no search (operation) at a resort… nor has any Gujarat MLA been searched by the department… there has been no contact (of the tax department) with them,” he added.
“I-T raids targeting energy minister D K Shivakumar is completely politically motivated and central government’s role behind it is well known,” chief minister Siddaramaiah said in a statement.
“It is true, a search has been conducted on a minister of the Karnataka government and his associates… The man whose house was being searched reached the resort. Since a person continued on who was raided had to be confronted with the recoveries made from his premises, the tax department personnel got to the resort where he had been hiding. He was taken from there to his house. There is no tax department official at the resort,” Jaitely added.