I-T raids on DK Shivakumar’s premises continue; brother claims seized cash doesn’t belong to family

The Income Tax (I-T) department continued to raid the premises linked to Karnataka energy minister DK Shivakumar in Delhi’s Safdarjung area for the third consecutive day on Friday.

While Shivakumar's brother claimed that the cash recovered by the I-T department did not belong to their family, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah dubbed the raids a "politically motivated" move on the part of the Centre.

Late on Thursday, the I-T sleuths had also reached Congress leader Lakshmi Hebbalkar's door.

Asserting that the family was backed by Siddaramaiah, the Karnataka minister's brother DK Suresh said that he had spoken to their mother, who had been under pressure since the raids began, reported ANI. Their mother had earlier held Siddharamiah responsible for the raids. "Siddaramaiah has always been sharpening the knife against my son. He could be behind the I-T raids," The Times of India quoted Gowramma as saying in Kanakapura taluk,


The Lok Sabha member on Friday also said that his party colleagues had extended their support to the family since their's was a case of "political vendetta". However, speaking to ANI, he rejected that the money seized belonged to Shivakumar's family.

Raking up the issue of I-T sleuths using CRPF during the searches, Siddaramaiah slammed the BJP for calling it a fight against corruption, saying most of its own leaders were facing graft charges.

"There are corruption charges against so many BJP leaders in Karnataka. Is Yeddyurappa (Karnataka party chief) not facing corruption charges?" he said.

During the searches with a case of alleged tax evasion, I-T officials said they have seized cash and jewellery worth over Rs 15 crore so far. "This is a politically motivated raid; the timing also clearly shows that it is politically motivated," Siddaramaiah told reporters in Bengaluru.

File image of Karnataka energy minister DK Shivakumar. Image courtesy: Facebook

File image of Karnataka energy minister DK Shivakumar. Image courtesy: Facebook

He said, "I'm not against the raid or search on any house, but the time that they have selected and the intention of the central government and the I-T department."


On Wednesday, Siddaramaiah in a statement had charged that the I-T department action was an attempt to silence the voice against BJP.

Asked whether he feels that Shivakumar will come out clean, the chief minister on Friday said, "We do not know what has happened, what they have found during the searches. But according to me, it is a politically motivated."

"He is a minister. Taking reserve police to his house and other places is not fair," he said.

Meanwhile, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao launched a veiled attack against the chief minister on Twitter.

In a swoop down that has raised a political storm, I-T sleuths began its searches on Wednesday at various properties in Karnataka, Delhi and Chennai connected to Shivakumar. The Vokkaliga community leader, who is one of the wealthiest ministers in the country, is hosting 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru.  The resort stay has been viewed as Congress' attempt to stall BJP from poaching their ministers ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls.

Already six of the 57 Congress MLAs in Gujarat, from where senior party leader Ahmed Patel is contesting for the Rajya Sabha, have resigned from the party in the last few days with three of them joining the BJP.

With inputs from PTI

 


Published Date: Aug 04, 2017 04:28 pm | Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017 04:28 pm


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