The Income Tax (IT) department on Wednesday morning raided Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru where the Congress Gujarat MLAs are staying. The IT department has also raided Karnataka energy minister DK Shivakumar’s residence in Kanakapura.
The minister was in-charge of hospitality for Gujarat Congress MLAs in Bengaluru.
The development comes a day after the Congress accused the BJP of ‘stealing’ its MLAs under a ‘premeditated plan’ but claimed that its Gujarat Rajya Sabha candidate Ahmed Patel will still win as he has the support of more MLAs than required for victory.
Rattled by the desertion of its six MLAs, the party has shifted over 40 of them to the resort to keep its flock together ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha poll.
The Congress had 57 MLAs in the 182-member Assembly. Of these, six have quit since Thursday, brining down its strength to 51. Patel will require 44 first preference votes for a straight win.
Press release as approved by DGIT(Inv), Bangalore:-
- The Karnataka Investigation Wing of the Income tax department is conducting searches in the case of a Karnataka Minister.
- The search under Section 132 of the Income Tax Act is an evidence gathering exercise which is being carried in compliance with all statutory requirements. The search is the continuation of an investigation which has been in progress for a considerable period of time.
- The timing of the search was decided well in advance. The events involving certain MLAs of another state being brought to Karnataka were unforeseen and unpredictable events.
- The Minister being searched was staying at a resort near Bangalore where some MLAs from another state are put up. Hence the Minister’s room alone is being searched.
- The search team has no concern with the MLAs and there has been no contact with MLAs and the search team.
- It is again reiterated that the Income Tax search is only on one Karnataka Minister