Income tax officials raided Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar and searched 39 locations before finally getting him at a luxury resort in Bengaluru where he was staying with lawmakers flown by Congress from Gujarat in order to prevent a rash of defections.
According to the sources, Rs. 5 crore in cash has been found in the minister’s Delhi home.
Shivakumar, who happened to be the Energy Minister in Karnataka’s Congress government, is being probed for tax evasion.
It is worthwhile pointing that the Congress rushed the lawmakers to Bengaluru last week after six lawmakers quit the party in Gujarat ahead of the RS polls and the state polls later this year.
Congress is saying that after using the state machinery, these I-T raids highlight their utter desperation and frustration.
The BJP has opted for party president Amit Shah and union minister Smriti Irani.