The Income Tax department on Wednesday raided Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar’s residence and the Eagleton golf resort, where Congress MLAs from Gujarat are staying. A total of 39 locations were raided across the state. The Karnataka Power Minister is in charge of looking after the MLAs till the day of the Rajya Sabha elections – August 8.
The leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha, has alleged that the Central government used the central force to threaten Congress MLAs currently holed up in a resort, owned by DK Shivakumar, Karnataka’s power minister.
Contrary to BJP's assertion, Kharge alleged that the MLAs were taken out of the resort. They were "threatened", questioned, and asked why they were there.
He added that the Central Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, is using "muscle power", adding, "they have created an atmosphere of fear", which isn't good for democracy.
The Congress once again asserted that BJP was using "money" to defeat Congress in Gujarat Rajya Sabha election, something Ahmed Patel alluded to this morning. "I question the timing of these raids. This has been done to demoralise Congress."
Aug 2, 2017 5:08 pm (IST)
The leader of Opposition Lok Sabha Mallkarjuna Kharge is addressing a press conference.
Aug 2, 2017 3:49 pm (IST)
Using Income Tax department as a weapon of political vendetta is misusing the power...Karnataka Congress will not budge to political blackmail, says Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the Income Tax department's raid conducted at Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar’s residence and the Eagleton golf resort...
Aug 2, 2017 3:44 pm (IST)
DMK leader MK Stalin attacks Centre for the raids conducted by the Income Tax department at Karnataka Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar’s residence and the Eagleton golf resort
Aug 2, 2017 3:39 pm (IST)
One person has been detained so far during the raid conducted by the Income tax department at Karnataka Power Minister Shivakumar's Delhi residence.
Aug 2, 2017 2:42 pm (IST)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told them not to link the searches with Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. Jaitley, who spoke on the issue in both Houses of Parliament, also said no search operation was conducted at the resort in Karnataka where Gujarat Congress MLAs have been staying. However, the Minister, who had "gone and parked himself" at the resort, was picked up from there for questioning, he said as Congress members vociferously raised the issue in both the Houses. They forced three adjournments of the Rajya Sabha and staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha.
Aug 2, 2017 1:53 pm (IST)
The amount of cash collected during the Income Tax raid crosses Rs 9 crore
Aug 2, 2017 1:52 pm (IST)
We are not enjoying or partying here, if he had to then would have taken 15 crores as offered by the BJP: Shaktisinh Gohil.Congress Guj MLA pic.twitter.com/AAlhE8HiC6
The Chief Minister’s Office claimed that the Income Tax officials have violated the rules by carrying out the raids “They are supposed to keep the local police in the loop but have instead brought the CRPF. It is unbecoming of the Centre to use intimidation tactics like this. People will teach them a lesson.”
Aug 2, 2017 12:55 pm (IST)
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah: Raids are politically motivated. There is clear involvement of the Centre in these raids. The Union government has used central agencies for political vendetta and this won’t bode well for the Centre. Our state won’t be afraid of such tactics.
Aug 2, 2017 12:38 pm (IST)
Income Tax raids underway at 39 locations of Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar: Visuals from one of his premises in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/zQQE1DWSjY
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah summons top police officials for a briefing on the I-T raids. Likely to issue a statement after the meeting.
Aug 2, 2017 12:36 pm (IST)
Protest going on outside Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar’s Bangalore residence after the Income Tax raid conducted at Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar’s residence and the Eagleton golf resort
Aug 2, 2017 12:35 pm (IST)
IT officials raid at Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar's Mysore residence
Aug 2, 2017 12:25 pm (IST)
NDA has been anti-democratic since it came to power... Our MLAs in Gujarat were threatened... I condemn this...They want to murder democracy; our MLAs being threatened, money was offered, raids being conducted: Ashok Gehlot, Cong in-charge for Gujarat
Aug 2, 2017 12:20 pm (IST)
"Don't link the Income Tax raid at Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar’s residence and the Eagleton golf resort it to Rajya Sabha polls. It is just an economic offense," says Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley
The raid conducted by Income Tax department at Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar’s residence and the Eagleton golf resort has nothing to do with Congress Gujarat MLAs... No IT searches at the resort in Karnataka where the Congress MLAs from Gujarat are staying...Only DK Shivakumar was confronted and approached, says Jaitley.
Aug 2, 2017 12:13 pm (IST)
"I warn everyone that if this kind of vendetta goes on in this country. Then no other party will be present in this democracy. Do not terrorise or threaten people, otherwise the government will not function," Says Leader of Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge.
Just to defeat one Rajya Sabha candidate they are doing all this, but they will not be successful: Mallikarjun Kharge
Aug 2, 2017 12:04 pm (IST)
Cash has been seized from Karnataka as well. Total amount of cash haul is now more than 7.5 crore
Aug 2, 2017 11:46 am (IST)
Visuals of the resort where the raid is conducted
Aug 2, 2017 11:44 am (IST)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the resort where Gujarat Congress MLAs were residing was not raided by the Income Tax department
Aug 2, 2017 11:22 am (IST)
Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Income Tax raid conducted at the resort where Gujarat Congress MLA are staying
Aug 2, 2017 11:13 am (IST)
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel slammed the I-T raids on Karnataka Energy minister and accused the BJP of indulging in an “unprecedented witch-hunt” to win one Rajya Sabha seat. Patel, who is contesting the Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat, said the I-T raids on the Congress minister, at whose guest house the Congress MLAs from Gujarat are staying, shows the utter desperation and frustration of BJP. Patel, who is also Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, is re-contesting the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat.
Aug 2, 2017 10:57 am (IST)
Visuals from outside the resort of Karnataka Energy minister D K Shivakumar. (Image: News18)
Aug 2, 2017 10:53 am (IST)
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said: Congress is always involved if there is a vendetta or corruption going on...This is an action against corruption...Gujarat Congress MLAs are having fun at that resort while their state drowns
Aug 2, 2017 10:48 am (IST)
Karnataka chief minister spoke to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for 10 minutes over the phone. Rahul Gandhi has instructed him to fight back.
Aug 2, 2017 10:46 am (IST)
A statement by the DGIT( investigations) said the timing of the search was decided well in advance and has got nothing to do with the Gujarat MLAs staying at the resort...Astrologer Dwarakanath, DKS' brother and MP D K Suresh, his relative Ravi also raided.
Aug 2, 2017 10:45 am (IST)
BJP is on an unprecedented witch-hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat