Income Tax department investigators today raided the residence of Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar and a luxury resort in Bengaluru where the minister was staying for the last few days.
I-T officials, who also searched other properties linked to the minister, said that nearly Rs 10 crore in cash have been recovered so far.
The income tax searches on the houses of a Karnataka Minister and his MP brother found its echo in Parliament. Protesting Congress members disrupted the proceedings even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley insisted that the searches, which took place in the resort on Bengaluru’s outskirts where Gujarat Congress MLAs are housed, had no connection with the Rajya Sabha polls in that State.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is seeking a re-election to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, said, “BJP is on an unprecedented witch-hunt to win one Rajya Sabha seat”.
Congress members vociferously raised the issue in both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, forcing four adjournments of the Upper House before the final one for the day at 2.45 p.m.
In the Lok Sabha, the Congress members staged a walkout.
Mr. Jaitley, who spoke on the issue in both the Houses, said that no search operation was conducted at the resort. He said only the Minister, who had “parked himself” at the resort, was picked up from there for questioning.