Several Congress and JD(S) leaders’ houses are under the I-T officials' hawk eyes in Karnataka
Bengaluru: Raising concerns over the possible Income Tax raids on the Congress-JD(S) functionaries, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday had claimed that CRPF personnel had been brought from various parts of the country to carry out I-T raids in the state. And, it turned out to be true.
"I have got specific information that some 200 to 300 CRPF sleuths have arrived from various parts of the country. They will be ferried from the airport to the city. They have been brought to Bengaluru from other states to carry out income tax raids in Karnataka," Kumaraswamy told reporters at Mandya.
Kumaraswamy also claimed that the raid would be carried out at 5 am on Thursday (March 28).
Hours after Kumaraswamy's comment over the raid in the state, the IT officials raided several parts of South Bengaluru on Wednesday evening and Karnataka minister CS Puttaraju's house in Mandya and Mysuru on Thursday morning.
Speaking to MyNation, state BJP spokesperson, S Prakash said, “I have no idea what HD Kumaraswamy is commenting on this issue. It is better to let the IT officials to do their job in peace. There is no meaning in politicising everything.”
According to reports, the I-T officials carried out the raid at the residences of five people in business, in which three of the raided were affiliated to the JD(S) and two to the Congress.
The officials reportedly reached Puttaraju's house at 4:30 am on Thursday (March 28). The I-T officials are on a hunt, not only in Puttaraju's residence but also in his nephew's house and are going through documents and I-T returns of the minister, reports said.
Seventeen contractors, seven officers from the PWD and irrigation department and an executive engineer's house are being raided. Minister HD Revanna's close aide Ashwath's residence in Hassan is also under the radar.
Several party workers condemned the I-T raid and began to protest in KR Pete.
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Last Updated Mar 28, 2019, 10:01 AM IST