'No vendetta in raids against Congress minister'

Violet Powell
August 3, 2017

The raid happened at a time when Shivakumar was overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru.

Income Tax sleuths on Wednesday began searching the residence of Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivakumar in the city and a luxury room he was staying at a private resort here, an official said.

Ruckus in Rajya Sabha: The Income-Tax raid against Minister Shivakumar was raised in the Rajya Sabha, with the Opposition blaming the NDA government of misusing state agencies. The I-T department in Bangalore has said in their official statement that the raid is only on DK Shivkumar, but not Eagleton Golf resort or the MLAs.

A team of 10 tax officials, along with personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force, raided the plush Eagleton Resort at around 7 this morning.

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Gohil also appealed to the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognisance of the matter for the MLAs' safety.

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Clarifying that the timing of the search was decided well in advance, Ramesh said the events involving certain MLAs of another state (Gujarat) being brought to Karnataka were unforeseen and unpredictable.

Attacking the BJP, Another leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Conduct raids on residences of those people from your party (BJP) who are offering Rs 15 crore". In the Lok Sabha, the Congress members staged a walkout.

Forty-one Congress legislators were taken to the resort near Bengaluru late last Friday after six of their colleagues quit the party, depleting the party's numerical strength in the Gujarat assembly to 51 ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.

Jaitley, while addressing the Lok Sabha, said that the raids are being conducted purely on economic front. The Congress had put them up at the resort to prevent them from allegedly being poached by the Bharatiya Janata Party before the August 8 Rajya Sabha elections.

"They say that they had not gone to a place where MLAs are lodged, but I can show you a small video clipping.you can see the lobbies where we are lodged".

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