Rajya Sabha adjourned twice on Bengaluru IT searches

Thursday, 03 Aug, 2017

The Income Tax department raided the residence of Karnataka Power Minister, and the powerful D.K. Shivakumar and the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru this morning where 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs are now holed up.

The minister, who has been put in charge of the 44 MLAs lodged at the resort to prevent the BJP from "poaching" them, was there with them when the search took place. The Income Tax department stated that Wednesday's raids were only against Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar without naming him.

Siddaramaiah said that it is the habit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to use Income Tax department raids against those who raise voice against them.

Congress MLAs from Gujarat have beeen staying at Eagleton Resort since July 28 as per the plan of Congress leadership who have accused BJP of engaging in horse trading, in order to ensure victory of Congress candidate, Ahmed Patel, as Rajya Sabha member.

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Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government agencies were being used to terrorise people just ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.

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The tax department raids are underway at 39 locations across the country especially in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Ramanagaram and New Delhi, with all Congress cash-handlers under investigation.

The department's director general, however, has refuted the allegations, and said that the searches were planned well in advance.

The resort is located in the Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha constituency, represented by Congress legislator DK Suresh, younger brother of Shivakumar, a lawmaker from the Kanakapura assembly segment in the district.

Javadekar said the MLAs had been staying at the resort for the "last five days and will be there for another eight days (till the Rajya Sabha election)".

Jaitley, while addressing the Lok Sabha, said that the raids are being conducted purely on economic front.