The raids against Shivakumar started in August when the I-T department raided the properties of the Energy Minister. Since then there have been multiple raids on minister’s properties and he has been summoned for questioning for not less than seven occasions
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has alleged that Income Tax department officials had asked Minister DK Shivakumar to join the BJP while conducting raids. Siddaramaiah made the allegation on Wednesday when the opposition parties were holding ‘black day’ protests during the anniversary of the demonetisation drive.
“This BJP government is a ‘raid’ government and the I-T officials who were part of the raid team directly asked Shivakumar to crossover to BJP’s side,” Siddaramaiah was quoted saying in a News18 report.
The Karnataka Chief Minister who hit out against BJP for allegedly using investigative agencies to pressurise opposition parties said that Shivakumar will not yield to pressure as he is a ‘born congressman’ loyal to the party.
The raids against Shivakumar started in August when the I-T department raided the properties of the energy minister. The raid is said to have yielded Rs 300 crore in cash and gold worth Rs 15 crore. Since then there have been multiple raids on minister’s properties and he has been summoned for questioning for not less than seven occasions by the department. Besides the minister, his close relatives have also been subjected to I-T department’s scrutiny.
However, questions were raised about the alleged political motivation behind the action. Shivakumar had played a key role in housing Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a Bengaluru resort in order to prevent them from changing sides.
The Income Tax department, however, refuted the allegations. The Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Karnataka and Goa in a press release said that the allegations were baseless and that ‘No Income Tax officer or official has at any point of time made any such statement to the minister or to anyone else.’The recent allegations come at a time when the political parties in Karnataka are preparing themselves for the upcoming assembly elections. Further, multiple raids are being carried out by the I-T department on various properties connected to AIADMK leaders TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala.