In a fresh twist to the events surrounding the Income Tax department's raid on DK Shivakumar's residence, it seems that he allegedly tried to hide evidence of his impropriety. Around '8.33 crore in cash was recovered from Mr Shivakumar's Delhi offices and residences on Wednesday over which he was grilled in Bengaluru.
Congress Leader Sandeep Dikshit calls these raids a political vendetta.
The Congress alleged that the raids were in direct relation to the approaching Rajya Sabha elections in the state of Gujarat, from where 44 MLAs of the party were flown to Karnataka because of alleged horse trading by the BJP.
The raids triggered anger from the Congress, which accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party of carrying out "an unprecedented witch-hunt", and said it would raise the issue in both houses of Parliament later in the day. But we are of the strong belief that the IT raids were due to political reasons, " he said.
Shivakumar, who was grilled by the Income Tax sleuths for three consecutive days in connection with an alleged tax evasion case, said that by "misusing" her innocence, certain sections of the media had "instigated" her to make comments against the chief minister.
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said on Friday that IT raid on D.K. Shivkumar is a politically motivated move.
42 Congress MLAs flew to Bengaluru with a view to keep them away from joining the BJP.
"As the searches are on, we can not give details now", said an official. However, the I-T Department said that it has the freedom to choose any security service. Officials said they have recovered Rs 5 crore in cash from the residence of Shivakumar.
As many as 43 Gujarat legislators have been housed at the resort since Saturday to protect them from being "poached" by the BJP ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls.
After using the state machinery and other agencies, these I-T raids show their utter desperation and frustration -Ahmed Patel. "The torn sheet, restored partially, is now being analysed", the official said.
"There are raids on 39 other places, but there is no link with the Gujarat elections". The Karnataka minister who has been hosting the MLAs from Gujarat at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru became the subject of an IT investigation on Wednesday with searches being conducted at 70 premises linked to him and associates.