Power Minister of Karnataka gets Powerful Shock by IT officials.
Second richest and powerful minister gets powerful shock by IT officials .
DK Shivakumar, a caged king of Kanakapura exposed by IT officials.
More than 200 police personnel deployed at DK Shivakumar’s premises in Sadashivanagar with DCP Central, Chandra Gupta with ACP, Ravi shankar with inspectors and staff were present for no untoward incident to take place .
Protest erupted across karnataka by the supporters of DK Shivakumar blaming Amit Shah and PM Modi is behind this raid .
DK Shivakumar’s mother blames Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah for IT raids.Siddaramaiah creating hurdles in my son’s path, says Shivakumar’s mother she added .
IT officials conducted raids on several premises of Shivakumar on August 2 and recovered over Rs 10 crore cash. The premises included the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru where 42 Gujarat Congress MLAs are holed up ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha elections. Karnataka is ruled by Congress government.
The Centre and BJP have come under attack from Congress for use of Central paramilitary forces during the Income-Tax raids on the locations associated with Karnataka Energy Minister DK Shivakumar. However, use of CRPF personnel to protect I-T officials during raids is not just authorised but is also an established practice.
Cash of over Rs 11 crore has been seized till now by the Income Tax Department as part of the ongoing searches at multiple premises linked to Karnataka Energy Minister DK Shivakumar and his associates in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion.
The minister has been overseeing the stay of 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru, who have been brought to the Karnataka capital in view of the Rajya Sabha polls in their state.
The raids that are continuing at many locations for the second day today, saw Income Tax officials seizing a number of documents, account books and financial papers. Around Rs 8.33 crore cash has been seized from Delhi, Rs 2.5 from Bengaluru and Rs 60 lakh from Mysuru till now, a senior official told media persons.About Rs 11.43 crore cash has been seized till now from various locations. Some searches and surveys are still on the official added.
He also said that the valuation of some jewellery found during the searches is being done as of now.
Documents related to investments in real estate, including some alleged benami ones, are being analysed by the department, the official said.
The department has said that it is investigating Mr Shivakumar in a case of alleged tax evasion and huge undisclosed investments in real estate, jewellery and other sectors.
Certain investments linked to him in Singapore and few other foreign locations are also under the scanner of the department, they said. Some shell firms and their operatives allegedly linked to this case are also being probed, the department sources had said yesterday.
In a swoop down that raised a political storm, the Income Tax department had yesterday conducted searches at 64 locations and properties linked to Mr Shivakumar.
He has been put in charge of 44 MLAs lodged in the Eagleton resort near Bengaluru to keep the flock together for preventing the BJP from “poaching” on them ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat where Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is facing a tough battle.
The ruling Congress in Karnataka will be holding a protest in the city later today against the raids on Mr Shivakumar, accusing the Centre of “dictatorial” attitude and “murdering democracy”.
Mr Shivakumar, hailing from a modest agrarian family, is an influential Vokkaliga community leader and also one of the wealthiest state ministers in the country.
According to the affidavit filed by him for the 2013 Assembly polls, he had assets over Rs 251 crore, including those of his wife and children and liabilities of over Rs 104 crore.
55-year old Shivakumar, considered a resourceful trouble shooter for the Congress with proximity to the party high command, is a six-time MLA. He has also made known his chief-ministerial ambitions while making it clear he would bide his time.
The raids at the resort had yesterday sparked a huge political row with Parliament getting disrupted and Congress calling it “unprecedented witch-hunt” to win one Rajya Sabha seat.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleged it was a politically motivated action to silence the voice against the BJP.
“The BJP is on an unprecedented witch-hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat,” Ahmed Patel tweeted.
I-T raid was not linked to the Rajya Sabha polls: Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday had said the I-Ts raid had nothing to do with the upcoming August 8 Rajya Sabha polls.“It is true a search has been conducted on a minister of the Karnataka government and his associates,” said Jaitley. “The man whose house was being searched reached the resort. Since a person who was raided had to be confronted with the recoveries made from his premises, the tax department personnel went to the resort where he had been hiding. He was taken from there to his house. There is no tax department official at the resort.”Jaitley added that the resort was not an area where the Karnataka minister could get “immunity from the law”.
The prestige of Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi is at stake. Soon after the raids started, Congress leaders cried foul. The principal opposition party also disrupted the parliamentary proceedings accusing the ruling BJP of misusing the Central agencies.
Outside Parliament, objections were also raised over the use of CRPF during the I-T raids. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah condemned the use of Central paramilitary forces.
Not just politicians but also the high echelons of bureaucracy in Karnataka opposed the CRPF personnel accompanying the I-T sleuths. In a letter to Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on August 2,Karnataaka Additional Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia complained that the I-T department search teams were accompanied by CRPF personnel and “despite the fact that maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the state police, the I-T department did not seek assistance in advance from the local police”.
The senior Karnataka official further said never have I-T searches been conducted in the state with the support of a CAPF (Central Armed Police Force) such as the CRPF. “It casts an aspersion of adverse credibility, integrity and professionalism of the state police…,” he said.
He said the Karnataka government conveyed its “strong protest” over the incident and requested the Centre not to bypass the established conventions of cooperative action between the Central and state agencies.
” Raid at Shivakumar’s premises: I-T sleuths authorised to seek assistance of CRPF personnel “.
Use of CRPF personnel during I-T searches was ordered through a circular of the Union home ministry dated February 27, 1990 – during the tenure of the then prime minister VP Singh. It said, “Situations have arisen when these (I-T) personnel were manhandled or otherwise prevented from carrying out their lawful duties. Though Income-tax personnel have been getting assistance from the local administration in carrying out their duties, in some cases either such assistance is not adequate or it is not forthcoming quickly enough.”
In view of this, the letter said, the Centre has decided to provide a posse of CRPF to authorised officers of the I-T department for their “personal protection”.
The Central communique also asked the I-T authorities to keep, “as far as possible”, the local administration informed of the use of CRPF for personal protection of search parties.
Though the opposition Congress has objected to the use of CRPF personnel, the I-T sleuths were within their rights to summon the services of the CRPF personnel for their security in a sensitive operation as was conducted in Bengaluru.
Firist citizen of bengaluru as BBMP Mayor too was visited the spot but returned back without meeting his mentor DK Shivakumar.
IT officials raided his close Aide’s and relatives house to verify all the assets.Raids were conducted at
Subhash Balaji,Vinay karthik, Thimmaiah, Guruji Dwarkanath, Padma,Edwin house and offices by the officials.
Demonitised notes of Rs 500&1000 rupees denomination of banned notes found during raid by IT sleuths at his National Hill View Public School located in Rajarajeshwari.
More than 60 locations raided by IT officials .
Davanam Jewellers busted, their office and branches raided in commercial street,Malleshwaram,Avenue Road, Sharma Transport in Kalasipalya,Shobha Developers with KPTCL office too raided by Income tax officials to verify all the documents .
After verifying all the documents all establishment of DK Shivakumar father in law Thimmaiah ‘s has been stopped by IT officials.
Rattled DK Suresh, MP brother of DK Shivakumar visits to bengaluru house to meet his brother but the IT officials denied permission to meet his brother and addressing the media he threatens media agencies to sue them as the News telecasting by some media is tarnishing our image and respect he added .
Foreign investment of Power Ministers exposed by IT officials it is alleged he may be booked under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) and the raids are still underway .
The National Herald case , in which Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi are accused. After Delhi High Court’s order, I-T probe is underway in the case, which also involves senior Congress leaders and Sonia Gandhi’s close confidantes Oscar Fernandes and Motilal Vora.
The CBI and Enforcement Directorate are probing multiple cases against former union finance minister Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidamabaram. The cases also involve a matter of alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to media group. In another case – Aircel-Maxis case – Maran brothers are also facing probe.
There are multiple cases against Aam Aadmi Party leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Anti-Corruption Bureau, which functions under the Union Home Ministry, is probing a case of bribery against Arvind Kejriwal. In another, the Income Tax department is probing corruption charges leveled by rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra against Kejriwal.
Trinamool Congress leaders including Sudip Bandopadhyay were arrested by the CBI in connection with a chit fund scam. The arrests came at a time when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was leading the attack on the Centre over demonetisation.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also finds himself on the radars of the central probe agencies. Raids were conducted on Virbhadra Singh’s residence on the day of his daughter’s wedding in September, 2015. CBI is probing a disproportionate assets case against him.
There is a CBI probe against former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat for offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs to support him during the floor test in April last year. Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is facing probe in Gurgaon land allotment case.
Another former Chief Minister and BSP president Mayawati is being probe by the CBI in multi-crore National Rural Health Mission Scam. The CBI is also probing a corruption case against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. The matter involves alleged Rs 113-crore scam in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.
Besides, there is an ambulance purchase case against Congress leaders Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot, Karti Chidambaram and Ravi Krishna – son of former minister Vyalar Ravi. The CBI registered an FIR naming them as accused in August, 2015.
Recently, CBI and ED conducted raids on properties owned by RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family members including the then Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. The members of Lalu Prasad Yadav family including Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti are facing charges of possessing disproportionate assets in the form of benami properties.
The action by the central agencies resulted in the collapse of the grand alliance government in Bihar where Nitish Kumar is now heading an NDA government with BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi getting the post Deputy Chief Minister.
August 2, 2017: I-T conducted raids on 64 locations related to Congress leader and Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar.
May-June 2017: The ED raided locations related to Congress leader Baba Siddique. The ED also conducted raids on May 31 at five places including residences of Baba Siddique and Pyramid Developers’ Rafique Maqbool Qureshi. The case relates an alleged Rs 400-crore slum rehabilitation scheme scam at Mumbai’s Bandra.
April 2017: I-T conducted searches at offices of Shivraj Patil’s son, Shailesh Patil in Chandigarh and new Delhi in connection with a money laundering case. January 2017: I-T raided places related to Karnataka Small Scale Industries Minister Ramesh L Jarkiholi and state Mahila Congress president Laxmi R Hebbalkar. The I-T team found Rs 162 crore in cash and 12 kg gold during the raids.
December 2016: I-T teams conducted raids on former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao at a time when ruling AIADMK was embroiled in bitter factionalism. Later, I-T department raided the properties and offices of Tamil Nadu chief secretary P Rama Mohana Raoon. Though, no politician was targeted in the raids conducted across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, it was widely perceived as a message to the AIADMK leaders.
December 2016: I-T officials in Chennai claimed to have seized Rs 90 crore including Rs 10 crore in new Rs 2,000 notes – at a time when the entire country was facing cash crunch due to demonetisation – from an AIADMK functionary. The officials claimed that the money was meant for dubious political game.
May 2016: The CBI conducted raids at 16 locations in Chandigarh, Panchkula, New Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Karnal and Kurukshetra. The CBI searches included properties of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
December 2015: The CBI carried raids against Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar which became a major flashpoint between the AAP and the Centre. Kejriwal claimed the CBI was searching for a file relating to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s handling of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The CBI refuted the allegation categorically denying that it had entered Kejriwal’s office during the search.
December 2015: The ED, I-T department conducted raids on firms ‘linked’ to P Chidambaram’s son Kartik in connection with a money laundering case in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
September 2015: The first major raid by the CBI, which saw Opposition accusing the Narendra Modi government of misusing the central agencies for ‘political vendetta’.
CURIOUS PAST CASES
While the CBI and other central agencies have come under fire for serving as the political arm of the government under the NDA rule, the same agencies were accused of shielding the corrupt politicians during the previous regime.
The CBI, during 22 months of its functioning under its director Ranjit Sinha, filed closure reports in at least 12 high-profile cases. The CBI had cited ‘want of prosecutable evidence’ to close those cases.
These cases were:
Disproportionate assets case against of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s former personal secretary Vincent George.
The disproportionate asset cases against SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati – both invariably the government in Parliament either by voting or abstaining from vote – were closed for ‘grossly insufficient evidence.’
The coal block allocation cases against former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and Kumarmangalam Birla were also closed.
The government-owned BEML and Tetra Vector Motors (defence) deal case, the Adarsh Society scam that involved former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, case against Jas Infrastructure and JLD Yavatmal, owned by Congress MP Vijay Darda and Rs 1,150 crore Barak missile case were closed by the CBI for lack of sufficient evidence.