IT department raids Karnataka minister's house

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IT department raids Karnataka minister's house

The department on Wednesday also raided Shivakumar's room at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru where the 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs are holed up.

Senior Congress leaders in the state were quick to condemn the raids, especially the use of paramilitary forces at the residence of the minister.

The I-T department, however, stressed that it was not a political conspiracy.

"It is now becoming a trend to blatantly misuse powers of the state".

"What is happening in this country? The Karnataka model will be informed to them, so that it is useful for them in the coming elections in December", he said. A politician and businessman takes care of us and he is subjected to three days of raids and questioning. "This is not good for democracy", Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said while speaking with the media here.

Approximately 44 Congress MLAs arrived in Bengaluru on Saturday with a view to keep them from resigning or joining the BJP.

In the run up to Assembly polls, which are due in Gujarat later this year, Congress' main leaders Shankarsinh Vaghela and Balwantsinh Rajput have left the party, creating a power vacuum.

The raids triggered anger from the Congress, which accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party of carrying out "an unprecedented witch-hunt", and said it would raise the issue in both houses of Parliament later in the day. The lawmakers have been staying in a luxurious resort and enjoying all the facilities. No search on any MLA has taken place. A particular individual was to be searched. "He has gone and parked himself in that resort". "The resort is certainly not an immune area". "The search is the continuation of an investigation which has been in progress for a considerable period of time", the IT department said.

Ahmed Patel, who is Political Secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, is the party's candidate in the elections.

"The resort is not being raided", the officials said. "It's a political vendetta and the BJP as well as the IT Dept should be ashamed", said Dikshit. The elections will be held on August 8.

Though the IT Department remained mum on the raids at several locations, informed sources said the searches led to recovery of many incriminating documents, property records, cash, gold and jewellery valued at Rs 15 crore.

Shivakumar's brother Suresh Kumar, had also claimed earlier that the raids were politically motivated and that Rs 10 crore recovered during the raids does not belong to the minister.

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