Gujarat Congress legislators provide 'proof' of IT raid at Bengaluru resort

Refuting Congress Party's claim, IT department has denied that its raid at Shivakumar's residence and a private resort has anything to do with the Gujarat's Congress MLAs.

Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah on Wednesday condemned the Income Tax department raids on state minister DK Shivakumar as politically motivated. Shivakumar is hosting the Congress MLAs at a resort near Bengaluru.

IT officials said Rs 9 crore cash was recovered from the raids on various properties, including in Delhi, linked to the minister.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea moved by the Gujarat Congress challenging the decision to use None of the Above (NOTA) option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in the state.

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Questioning the timing of the raid, Gohil alleged that it was an attempt to threaten them.


Uproar in Rajya Sabha by Congress over IT raids in Bengaluru. Shivkumar is in-charge of hospitality for all Congress Gujarat MLAs staying in Bengaluru.

They (income tax officials) had to bring him to his house to check certain documents seized during the searches, Jaitley said.

The raid prompted reactions from a number of politicians with Congress leaders alleging that BJP is targeting MLAs from the party.

Addressing a press conference, senior Congress MLA from Gujarat Shaktisinh Gohil said, "Ask these MLAs the way they are threatened, they chose to stand by party even when offered Rs.15 crore". "We would have returned to our state and they could have conducted raids", he said. According to I-T officials, 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.

Reacting to the developments, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala was quoted as saying by ANI, "BJP has used every dirty and ugly trick to run a conspiracy to win Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat".


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