The officials of the Income Tax Department on Wednesday morning conducted raids at Minister for Energy D K Shivakumar's residences, here and in Delhi and at Eagleton Golf Resort in Bidadi, near Bengaluru where 44 Congress Gujarat MLAs are staying.
Incidentally, Eagleton Resort had been served a tax notice to the tune of whopping Rs 982 crore by the Karnataka govt just a day before the Gujarat MLAs checked in.
More raids are underway at various locations connected with Karnataka Minister for Energy D K Shivakumar.
It is said that this unexpected raid has angered chief minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, who has termed the crackdown as undemocratic. Ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, the party had herded the MLAs to the southern state, where it is in power, to prevent them from shifting loyalties to the BJP.
Please Wait while comments are loading. The top brass of the Congress is crying political vendetta over the raids, even though this is not the first time Shivakumar is being questioned by the I-T department.
"After using the state machinery and every other agency, these I-T raids show their utter desperation and frustration", he said on Twitter.
"There is no constitutional provision for NOTA in the Rajya Sabha polls and no order from the Election Commission", the Congress said in the Supreme Court.
They said only the minister's room in the resort was "searched" and not of the MLAs from Gujarat.
"Conduct raids on the residences of those people from your party who are offering Rs 15 crore", said Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, while reiterating Congress' claim that BJP is using money power to lure its opponents. The resort was searched by a team of 10 tax officials along with personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). This after six party MLAs were poached by the BJP ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in the western state.