Karnataka: In view of the searches conducted by the Income Tax department at various locations in Karnataka, the department has issued a statement regarding the same.

The I-T department, in its statement, said that the searches are being carried out after gathering credible evidence on tax evasion.

The searches were being carried out amidst tight security of the CRPF and the CAPFs following normal protocol. 

The statement also read that the investigation wing of the I-T department was committed to carrying out its functions in a professional manner in accordance with the provisions of law. 

The statement further requested not to politicise the activities of the I-T officials  while also stating that the department would conduct its functions in a professional and fearless manner.

I-T raids were conducted at multiple locations in south Bengaluru. 

Searches were conducted at residences of businessmen and politicians. Three of those who were raided were affiliated with the JD(S) and two with the Congress.

The raids came after Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy had accused BR Balakrishnan, principal chief commissioner of Income Tax, Karnataka and Goa, of being a "BJP agent". 

Kumaraswamy also stated that the CRPF was being marshalled to carry out the operation.

The BJP denied the allegations. Senior party leader Suresh Kumar said, "When we launch a satellite into space, the Congress and the JD(S) say that the credit must go to the scientist. And when the I-T raids happen, they blame PM Modi. This is strange."

Karnataka minor irrigation minister CS Puttaraju said that I-T officials and the CRPF were at his nephew's residence carrying out searches.