Income Tax Department Raids Karnataka Energy Minister's Premises

Officials familiar with the the details of the early morning raids said a team of IT sleuths also reached the resort where D.K. Shivakumar was staying to question him.

Bengaluru: The Income Tax Department today conducted searches at multiple locations in Karnataka and Delhi related to Karnataka energy minister D.K. Shivakumar, who is hosting 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near here, in connection with a tax evasion probe case.

Officials familiar with the details of the early morning raids said a team of IT sleuths have also reached the Eagleton resort near here to question the minister, who was staying at the resort for the night.

“The resort is not being raided,” the officials said.

A total of 39 premises of the minister and his family are being raided by a team of about 120 Income Tax Department officials with the aid of central paramilitary forces, they said.

The department is also investigating charges of alleged role of money power and huge transfer of illegal funds for these polls.

Shivakumar, is hosting his party’s MLAs from Gujarat who have been brought to the Bengaluru resort till the day of the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.

The Congress legislators were taken to the resort after six of their colleagues quit the party.

Six of the 57 Congress MLAs in Gujarat, from where senior party leader Ahmed Patel is contesting for the Rajya Sabha, resigned from the party in the last few days with three joining the BJP on Friday last ahead of the Rajya Sabha poll.

The party has apprehensions over Patel’s election prospects if more MLAs defect.