I-T raids highlights: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah firmly backs Shivakumar, calls it 'undemocratic', 'political conspiracy'

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I-T raids highlights: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah firmly backs Shivakumar, calls it 'undemocratic', 'political conspiracy'
  • 15:51 (IST)

    Using I-T dept to conduct raids is against democratic principles, says Siddaramaiah

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah stands firmly behind DK Shivakumar

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Anand Sharma claims political vendetta

    Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma alleged political vendetta behind the Income Tax raids. "It has become a brazen trend to use state power and agencies, be the Income Tax department or the CBI," he said.

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Bangalore commissioner visits Governor of Karnataka

    Newly appointed Bangalore commissioner of police T Sunil Kumar visits Raj Bhavan to pay a visit to Karnataka governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, reports The Times of India.

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Bangalore commissioner visits Governor of Karnataka

    Newly appointed Bangalore commissioner of police T Sunil Kumar visits Raj Bhavan to pay a visit to Karnataka governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Raids have nothing to do with Assembly polls, says Centre

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the Parliament on Wednesday that the I-T raids on DK Shivakumar's residence have nothing to do with upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat later this year. When the tax officials reached the location, they found "one particular person" tearing papers, Jaitley said. "Those torn papers and documents were recovered" and the "individual has been taken to his residence and is being interrogated, he added. 

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

  • 14:47 (IST)

    The people of Karnataka are with us: Siddaramaiah

  • 14:35 (IST)

    Shaktisinh Gohil puts up video on Twitter after claiming that I-T conducted raids in the Bengaluru resort

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 minutes due to the relentless sloganeering by Congress

  • 14:29 (IST)

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Uproar erupts in Rajya Sabha yet again

    It is very clear now that Congress leaders have decided that they will not let Rajya Sabha function today. Sloganeering by Congress leaders who have yet again stormed the Well of the House continues.

  • 14:24 (IST)

    Rs 9 crore recovered in cash so far: PTI

    IT officials said Rs 9 crore cash was recovered from the search of various properties linked to DK Shivakumar.

    Note-counting machines have been brought at a location in Safdarjung Enclave in Delhi and in Hasan and Mysuru in Karnataka to count the cash. — PTI

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Rs 11 crore recovered from I-T raids: Times Now

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 minutes

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Fight against corruption will go on, no matter what: Govt

    "Sir, please ask these people whether they will let the House run or not. The fight against corruption will go on, no matter what they do," Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien.

  • 14:06 (IST)

    'Loktantra ki hatya nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi!'

    Congress leaders have again stormed the Well of the Rajya Sabha and are — you guessed it — shouting slogans. Yet again.

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Uproar erupts in Rajya Sabha yet again over issue of I-T raids

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Congress demands SC intervention

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Watch Shaktisinh Gohil's statements on alleged raids at Bengaluru resort here:

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Gunmen were roaming around inside the hotel as if we are criminals: Shaktisinh Gohil

  • 13:48 (IST)

    Rs 9 crore recovered from DK Shivakumar: Times Now

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Gujarat Congress MLAs staying at Bengaluru resort claim their rooms were searched

    Gujarat Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil claimed to have video footage of one of the Gujarat Congress MLAs' room being searched.

    "I was eventually told to stop recording the video," he said. Comparing the raids then to an incident from the Ramayana, Gohil said, "Sita-haran was not Ravana's victory. It was the beginning of his end."

    "Now where do we go? Whether someone kills us tomorrow or takes any sort of action, our resolve will not die down," he said. "We are now scared...not for our lives but for democracy."

    "You can even conduct raids at the houses of our leaders. We don't have any money stored there," Gohil said. "But even we are human beings. This is why I appeal to the Supreme Court to take the matter in its hands," he added.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    ​IT raid is an attempt to silence voice against BJP, will not bow down to intimidation: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah — PTI

  • 13:15 (IST)

    I-T department takes Bengaluru resort manager, KPCC secretary to its office for further probe

  • 13:14 (IST)

  • 13:13 (IST)

    How did the I-T dept conduct raids without informing the state? asks Kapil Sibal

  • 13:12 (IST)

    I-T authorities defend raids

    "The search team has no concern with the MLAs and there has been no contact with MLAs and the search team," the department said in a statement about the team which was deployed at the Bengaluru resort, PTI reported.

    I-T officials said a total of 39 premises of the minister and his family are being raided by a team of about 120 Income Tax Department officials with the aid of central paramilitary forces. The raids are taking place in Delhi and Karnataka.

    According to CNN-News18, a total of 64 locations are now being raided in Delhi and Karnataka.

    PTI further reported that the department is also investigating charges of alleged role of money power and huge transfer of illegal funds for these polls.

    The I-T Department further said the timing of the search was decided well in advance.

    "The search is the continuation of an investigation which has been in progress for a considerable period of time. They added that the timing of the search was decided well in advance," the I-T statement said.

    "The events involving certain MLAs of another state being brought to Karnataka were unforeseen and unpredictable events," it said.

    The search, described as an "evidence gathering exercise", is being conducted by the Karnataka Investigation Wing of the Income tax department.

    "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," the I-T department said.

  • 12:57 (IST)

    CRPF was used during I-T raids: Siddaramaiah

  • 12:41 (IST)

    This is entirely political vendetta: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

    Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah summoned top police officials for briefing on I-T raids, CNN-News18 further reported.

  • 12:39 (IST)

    Visuals of one of the raids in Delhi

  • 12:38 (IST)

    Watch: NSUI protests outside Shivakumar's residence

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Congress should come out clean: BJP in Lok Sabha

    "44 Congress leaders are hiding in that resort in Bengaluru. Rahul and Sonia Gandhi need to realise that they should come out clean," BJP leader Ananth Kumar said in the Lok Sabha, stressing on the fact that the Congress leaders were staying in that resort at a time when the state was reeling under floods.

  • 12:32 (IST)

  • 12:32 (IST)

    They want to murder democracy: Ashok Gehlot

  • 12:31 (IST)

    NSUI protests outside Shivakumar's residence in Bengaluru

    The National Students Union of India — student wing of the Congress — is now protesting out Shivakumar's house in Bengaluru.

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Shivakumar is one of India's richest ministers

    DK Shivakumar is among the wealthiest ministers in the country. According to a 2016 The Times of India report, Shivakumar is the second richest minister in the country with assets worth Rs 251 crore. Shivakumar also topped this list with liabilities of Rs 105 crore. In 2013 Assembly polls, he was among of the richest candidates contesting the polls with an increase of Rs. 176 Crore from 2008 elections.

    Read more here.

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Watch Arun Jaitley's speech in Lok Sabha on the I-T raids here:

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Shivakumar silent till now

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm due to uproar

  • 12:21 (IST)

    Congress planning protest near Parliament

    CNN-News18 further reported that Congress leaders are planning to protest outside the Parliament at around 12.45 pm.

  • 12:14 (IST)

    I-T authorities went to the resort just to bring Shivakumar back to his home, he was found tearing up documents: Jaitley in Lok Sabha

    "No raids were conducted at any resort," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha. "The person who was being raided was in a resort instead of staying at his home where the raids were actually being conducted. Now, a person whose home is being raided has to be consulted and questioned. That is why I-T department authorities went to the resort. They wanted to bring him back home. When the I-T officials reached the resort, they found that he was trying to tear up some documents," he added.

    "Please do not connect these raids with any election," Jaitley added.

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Don't terrorise: Mallikarjun Kharge tells govt in Lok Sabha

    "Even the room in which DK Shivakumar was staying was raided. If this kind of witch-hunting takes place, then democracy cannot survive," said Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

    "It is fine if you take action against anyone who has indulged in malpractice. You can even take action against me if I indulge in corruption. But don't misuse your powers to win elections," Kharge further said.

    "I appeal to the government not to terrorise," he added.

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Protesters shout slogans near Shivakumar's residence in Bengaluru

    TV news channels showed visuals of police personnel trying to control the situation. No violence has been reported so far though.

  • 12:02 (IST)

    DK Shivakumar leaves his residence in Bengaluru

  • 11:53 (IST)

    I-T raid underway at Shivakumar's residence in Bengaluru

  • 11:50 (IST)

    DK Shivakumar allegedly tried to tear up some documents when I-T department officials were questioning him: CNN-News18

  • 11:47 (IST)

    JD(U) vague about its stand on the I-T raids

  • 11:40 (IST)

    Rs 7.5 crore recovered in cash after raids in Delhi and Karnataka

    CNN-News18 reported that around Rs 2.5 crore was recovered in cash from Karnataka.

  • 11:35 (IST)

    DK Suresh, brother of DK Shivakumar, also being questioned: CNN-News18

The Income Tax Department on Wednesday conducted searches at multiple locations in Karnataka and Delhi related to Karnataka Energy minister DK Shivakumar.

File image of DK Shivakumar. Image courtesy: @WithDKS/Twitter

File image of DK Shivakumar. Image courtesy: @WithDKS/Twitter

He is hosting 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru, in connection with a tax evasion probe case.

Officials privy to the early morning raids said a team of I-T sleuths have also reached the Eagleton resort near Bengaluru to question the minister, who was staying at the resort for the night.

"The resort is not being raided," the officials said.

However, various other news reports said that the Eagleton resort was also being raided.

A total of 39 premises of the minister and his family are being raided by a team of about 120 Income Tax Department officials with the aid of central paramilitary forces, they said.

The department is also investigating charges of alleged role of money power and huge transfer of illegal funds for these polls.

The Congress and BJP leaders lashed out at each other over the issue. While the Congress cried foul, alleging that the central government was engaging in vendetta politics, BJP said that the I-T department's action was a "purely professional activity."

Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa, told CNN-News18, "It’s obvious that the Centre is playing a role. Earlier, I remember BJP used to call CBI a caged parrot. Now, is the CBI a handmaiden of the BJP?"


"Even if the government crosses all limites of Hitlershahi, they will not be able to defeat the truth," Randeep Surjewala said. "Now, a frustrated BJP is getting Income Tax raids conducted all over the place. But they will not succeed and Ahmed Patel will win the (Rajya Sabha) polls."

However, BJP's GVL Narsimha Rao said that the Congress thought it was fashionable to call anti-corruption operations vendetta politics.

Earlier, Congress had also alleged that BJP was using CBI and ED to target MLAs from their party.

"BJP is using CBI and ED to target Congress MLAs. BJP threatened our families back in Gujarat, and that is why we came to Bengaluru of our own accord," Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil had said in Bengaluru. He had further blamed BJP of bidding Rs 1,500 crore as bribe money and had claimed that the party had tried to "buy" MLAs from the Congress.

Shivakumar is hosting his party's MLAs from Gujarat who have been brought to the Bengaluru resort till the day of the Rajya Sabha elections on 8 August.

The Congress legislators were taken to the resort after six of their colleagues quit the party.

Six of the 57 Congress MLAs in Gujarat, from where senior party leader Ahmed Patel is contesting for the Rajya Sabha, resigned from the party in the last few days with three joining the BJP on Friday last ahead of the Rajya Sabha poll.

The party has apprehensions over Patel's election prospects, if more MLAs defect.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Aug 02, 2017 04:20 pm | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017 04:27 pm



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