More IT raids underway at locations connected with K'taka Min. Shivakumar

| Updated: Aug 03, 2017 00:02 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Aug. 02 (ANI): More raids are underway at various locations connected with Karnataka Minister for Energy DK Shivakumar. The Income Tax department has recovered a total amount of Rs. 10 crore, including Rs. 2.5 crore from Bengaluru. Earlier today morning, the I-T conducted raids at Shivakumar's residence and at Eagleton Golf resort where 44 Congress Gujarat MLAs are staying. Shivakumar was in-charge of hospitality for all Congress Gujarat MLAs staying in Bengaluru. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah o dubbed the I-T raids at residence of Shivakumar as 'undemocratic'. Whereas, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted that the raid have no links with Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. In the backdrop of Gujarat Congress MLAs quitting and joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as many as 44 of the grand old party MLAs left for Bengaluru recently to ensure they don't succumb to police and political pressure to join the saffron party. Speaking to the reporters, Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar earlier said, "To ensure that BJP is not successful in its mission, 44 of us Congress MLAs are leaving from Gujarat for Bengaluru. To hide their failure, the saffron party is trying to make sure our MLAs resign by offering money and through police pressure." Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had accused the BJP in the state of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for August 8. The developments come after at least six Congress MLAs in Gujarat resigned from the party to join the BJP. (ANI)