Bengaluru: Income Tax (IT) authorities on Wednesday began conducting raids at the official residence of Karnataka Power Minister D K Shivakumar and at Eagleton Golf resort near Bengaluru where 44 Congress lawmakers from Gujarat are put up. The raids started at 7 am this morning.
The Income Tax (IT) department recovered Rs 5 crore in cash while raiding the Delhi residence of the minister. The taxmen raided nearly 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. Congress leaders called the entire episode ‘witch-hunt’.
The Congress legislators were flown to Bengaluru from Ahmedabad and lodged in the posh resort at Bidadi, about 30 km from here, apparently to prevent the BJP from poaching them ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha by-poll in which its senior leader Ahmed Patel is contesting for the fifth term from Gujarat.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said in Parliament: “The raids were only on the minister and not lawmakers.