Income Tax search on Shivakumar enters 3rd day

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IT officials raided Shivakumar's home in Delhi's Safdarjung area on Friday morning.

Income tax sleuths have seized Rs8.33 crore cash from his Delhi properties, while Rs2.5 crore was seized from Bengaluru. and Rs60 lakh from Mysuru. The taxmen raided almost 39 premises across the country owned by the minister and his family with the help of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel officials - including his home in Bengaluru.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha soon after Zero Hour started, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the BJP-led NDA government out of political vendetta was using central agencies against opposition leaders.

The legislators flew into Bengaluru on July 29 from Ahmedabad to avoid poaching attempts by the rival Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in the western state. "When there is a raid, the IT officials have to record the person's statement, so they went to the resort", Jaitley said. The chief minister said the Congress would not budge under "such political blackmail nor stoop to vindictive politics".

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today alleged that the ongoing IT raid for the last three days against properties and offices of Minister D.K. Shivakumar and on his relatives in the State and elsewhere were "politically-motivated" and against constitution.

Mr Siddaramaiah questioned Mr Prasad on why the intelligence wing did not have information about the I-T department officials bringing CRPF personnel during raids on the energy minister's residence and other places.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the BJP attempted to bribe legislators in Gujarat, failing which they ordered the probe.

The IT department had also raided the house of the minister's father-in-law in Bengaluru. The Karnataka minister who has been hosting the MLAs from Gujarat at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru became the subject of an IT investigation on Wednesday with searches being conducted at 70 premises linked to him and associates. "Taking reserve police to his house and other places is not fair", he added. There is no tax official at the resort.

Even the Vijay Ramniklal Rupani-led Gujarat government has written back to the EC stating that the state will take all measures to ensure the safety of all Congress MLAs and their family members here.