06 August, 2017
Income Tax raids were conducted at 39 places, including the residence of Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivakumar, and at a private resort owned by Shivakumar near Bengaluru where 44 Congress lawmakers from Gujarat have been staying since Saturday.
The Karnataka minister is hosting a group of party legislators from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru to avoid a break in their ranks ahead of Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.
Officials privy to the action said the department is investigating Shivakumar in a case of alleged tax evasion and huge undisclosed investments in real estate and other sectors.
On the political front, the day saw Chief Minister Siddaramaiah directly implicating BJP national president Amit Shah of masterminding the operations, which he said, were timed to the Gujarat Congress MLAs being stationed in Karnataka.
Congress Leader Sandeep Dikshit calls these raids a political vendetta.
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"The team went to the hotel because they needed to question the minister". The party threatened a privilege motion against Jaitley for "misleading" the House. Jaitley's response came after Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge warned the government against using ED and I-T to crush the Opposition.
The IT department had also raided the house of the minister's father-in-law in Bengaluru.
Congress' Gujarat Rajya Sabha candidate Ahmed Patel took a strong objection to the timing of the raids.
About half-a-dozen note-counting machines have also been brought at two locations in Safdarjung Enclave in Delhi and in Hasan and Mysuru in Karnataka to count the cash. "Not a single rupee was seized by the officials in the almost 48-hour operation", said a family member, sharing the document. 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. Shivakumar has been managing the stay of 42 Gujarat Congress MLAs in a resort located on the outskirts of Gujarat.
Asked whether she has doubts about chief ministers hand behind the IT raids, she had said, "there may be". These documents will be used in the questioning of the minister and his close associates. He told the PTI that he has a video clipping which could prove that the rooms of the other MLAs were also searched in the Eagleton Hotel.