I-T raids on in­di­vid­u­als, firms linked to Shivaku­mar

Op­er­a­tions are part of probe into as­sets case against Kar­nataka Min­is­ter

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Staff Re­porter

In what can be termed phase-II of tax ac­tion against Kar­nataka En­ergy Min­is­ter and Congress leader D.K. Shivaku­mar, In­come Tax sleuths con­ducted search, seizure and sur­vey op­er­a­tions against 10 in­di­vid­u­als and firms linked to the Min­is­ter on Wed­nes­day.

The multi-city raids cov­ered premises in Bengaluru, Chen­nai and New Delhi and were con­ducted si­mul­ta­ne­ously from Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Multi-city probe

The search and seizure op­er­a­tions were a con­tin­u­a­tion of the probe into the dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case against the Min­is­ter.

In­come Tax sleuths con­ducted marathon four-day, D.K. Shivaku­mar multi-city search op­er­a­tions against him and 40 other firms as well as in­di­vid­u­als linked to him ear­lier this month.

The op­er­a­tions on Wed­nes­day were mostly linked to his of­fi­cial po­si­tion as En­ergy Min­is­ter. Searches were con­ducted on premises be­long­ing to Vish­wanath Reddy, OSD to the Min­is­ter and a re­tired IAS of­fi­cer, Srid­har, the Min­is­ter's per­sonal sec­re­tary, apart from a host of com­pa­nies from the power sec­tor.

En­ergy firms

The IT sleuths con­ducted search op­er­a­tions against Anil Kumar, linked to a power com­pany in Chen­nai, apart from a cou­ple of en­ergy firms in New Delhi and Bengaluru. Searches were also con­ducted at premises be­long­ing to two close aides of the Min­is­ter — Vijay Mu­lu­gund, Sec­re­tary, Kar­nataka Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee, and Yo­gish Hon­nur.

IT sources said these in­di­vid­u­als and firms were tar­geted based on the leads the IT sleuths ac­quired dur­ing the probe against the Min­is­ter fol­low­ing the marathon raids and de­tailed ques­tion­ing of the as­sessees. IT sources had then claimed that the search op­er­a­tions had led to the un­earthing of undis­closed in­come of nearly ₹300 crore, though there has been no clar­ity as to what part of it be­longed to the Min­is­ter and his fam­ily.

Min­is­ter’s re­ac­tion

Mean­while, Mr. Shivaku­mar told re­porters in My­suru that he too had sev­eral “pow­er­ful weapons” which he would use ef­fec­tively at an ap­pro­pri­ate time. The Min­is­ter, who of­fered pooja at the Chamundesh­wari tem­ple in My­suru, said the IT raids had not crushed his morale and con­fi­dence.

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