If They Find Money in Some House in Delhi, it Doesn’t Be­come Ours

My brother does not have a PA in Delhi as is be­ing claimed. If you con­duct raids on the houses of all kinds of peo­ple and say all of it is Shivaku­mar’s, how can we ac­cept that?

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Congress MP from Ben­galuru Ru­ral DK Suresh, the brother of Kar­nataka power min­is­ter DK Shivaku­mar, told Sowmya Aji in an exclusive interview that they did not fear ar­rests and would not be in­tim­i­dated by any at­tempts of the Cen­tre to arm-twist them. Ahead of re­ports that the En­force­ment Direc­torate would ar­rest Shivaku­mar, Suresh said the ₹ 10 crore the I-T depart­ment re­port­edly found dur­ing its raids, was in prop­er­ties be­long­ing to others. Ex­cerpts:

How do you ac­count for the money that tax­men said they found in prop­er­ties con­nected to DK Shivaku­mar? They should tell us where the money came from, who brought it and kept it. We do not have that kind of money in our house. What­ever money we have in our ac­count and our homes, we are ready to give the de­tails to the in­come tax depart­ment. The I-T depart­ment said it had found cash in your brother’s flat in New Delhi’s Saf­dar­jung Lane… If they find money in some­one’s house in Delhi, it does not be­come ours. DK Shivaku­mar does not have a PA in Delhi as is be­ing claimed. If


you con­duct raids on the houses of all kinds of peo­ple and say all of it is Shivaku­mar’s, how can we ac­cept that? Will the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and I-T depart­ment trans­fer all their prop­er­ties to us? If they will do it, then we DK Suresh ar­gu­ing with CRPF of­fi­cials at the en­trance to the DK Shivaku­mar’s house at Sadashiv­ana­gar on Friday.—

will also ac­cept it is ours. There must be some proof for any al­le­ga­tion.

Are you say­ing the raids did not yield any ev­i­dence against your brother? This is all po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. They

want to ful­fil the BJP pres­i­dent’s ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ plan. There is an elec­tion in Gu­jarat in three months. They are try­ing to write a fore­word to that by win­ning the Ra­jya Sabha polls, even by killing democ­racy. FM Arun Jait­ley said Shivaku­mar was tear­ing up pa­pers at the re­sort where the Gu­jarat MLAs are be­ing kept… Maybe Shivaku­mar was making some po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions and tore those pa­pers up. I wasn’t there. My room was not raided, but they searched his room, the rooms of a cou­ple of our lead­ers and of about four Gu­jarat MLAs.

Your brother is the cam­paign com­mit­tee chair­man for Kar­nataka. Will th­ese raids im­pact as­sem­bly polls? There will be no im­pact on Kar­nataka. What­ever po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions the BJP does, it is our job to stop it.

Won’t cor­rup­tion charges against Shivaku­mar im­pact your chances? The BJP should first look at its own rep­u­ta­tion. (BJP state pres­i­dent BS) Yed­dyu­rappa is cor­rupt, (for­mer MLC) Ja­nard­han Reddy is cor­rupt, (BJP MP) Sri­ra­mulu is cor­rupt. So many BJP peo­ple have gone to jail. They should not think peo­ple will for­get every­thing. They think that by black­en­ing Shivaku­mar’s face, they will gain. The peo­ple of this state know DK Shivaku­mar, know his char­ac­ter, know his busi­ness deal­ings from


years. Ev­ery year his in­come and as­sets are pub­lished by the me­dia.

If every­thing is so clear, how come the raids are still go­ing on? They are just calling it I-T raid. Every­thing got over on the first af­ter­noon it­self. But the of­fi­cials are still sit­ting in our house say­ing we have to get or­ders from the Cen­tre to move from here. They are ask­ing the same ques­tions, get­ting the same an­swers. What is there to do in our house? We meet the pub­lic, we get ap­pli­ca­tions, we give let­ters, we have files. They are look­ing at all our files and pass­ing time. They are try­ing to cause me­dia buzz, cre­ate pres­sure on us, threaten and force us to con­fess us to some crimes. We are not the kind to be in­tim­i­dated.

BJP is ask­ing how did the son of a man who owned five acres amass ₹ 251 cr… Let them ask the in­come tax, whether we had five acres, 50 acres or 500 acres. I don’t have to an­swer the BJP or talk about the prop­er­ties that they hold or their rep­u­ta­tions.

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