I-T Raids K'taka Minister Hosting Gujarat Congress MLAs, Congress accuses BJP

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On Wednesday, Tax officials raided Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar, who is in-charge of hosting Congress’s MLAs from Gujarat, and recovered Rs 5 crore in cash after their operation in several cities.

The raids triggered anger from the Congress, that the defendant Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party of closing “an new witch-hunt”, and same it’d raise the difficulty in each homes of Parliament later within the day. The party has defendant the BJP of victimization “power, cash and muscle” to engineer defections in Gujarat, following that forty two legislators were taken to a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru last week. If additional Congress lawmakers from Gujarat break ranks, it may exist the Rajya Sabha prospects of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel.

The I-T department issued an announcement denying the raids were associated with the keep of the Gujarat MLAs. It same the searches were a part of associate degree evidence-gathering exercise. “The search may be a continuation of associate degree investigation that has been ongoing for a substantial amount of your time,” the department said. On weekday, officers of the tax department reached the resort to question Shivakumar, and in addition to it the offensive multiple properties joined to him with the assistance of central paramilitary forces.

“There has been no contact with the MLAs [from Gujarat] and also the search team,” it added.

News agency PTI quoted unidentified tax officers as voice communication that thirty-nine locations were raided, and a large amount of money was found from Shivakumar’s Delhi residence.

One of the Gujarati legislators staying at the resort told geographic region Times that he and his colleagues got wind concerning raids through TV, “When we have a tendency to came here for breakfast we have a tendency to saw the news that raids were being conducted,” the MLA said.

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