DK Shivakumar, the power minister in Karnataka's Congress government, said a Gujarati chef will be made available for the MLAs soon, the paper reported. "We would have taken our families on a world tour". He's one of the BJP candidates in 8 August Rajya Sabha elections.
The officials said the I-T sleuths reached the Eagleton resort near Bengaluru to question the minister, who was staying there overnight after arriving late on Tuesday night to the Karnataka capital from Delhi. "Only one particular Karnataka minister was searched", said Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha.
As per the declaration in the nomination for the 2013 assembly elections to the Election Commission, Shivakumar was said to be the second richest politician with assets valued at Rs 251 crore four years ago. "Just look at the timing of this action!" pleaded the MLA. Allegations of corruption against him haven't diluted his position within the party. The decision was taken by the Congress high command as it would help the MLAs spend some quality time with their near and dear ones before they cast their votes in the crucial RS polls the next day. He is often referred to as the dependable troubleshooter for the Congress' top brass.
"It can be that timing of the raid is "political" but something important might surface", JD (U)'s KC Tyagi told news agency ANI when asked about the issue. They have power and we can not do anything.
Income tax officials on Wednesday had raided a number of Shivakumar's properties in Bengaluru and Delhi. Officials found documents that held details of alleged malpractice in poll campaign at Jayalalithaa's constituency. Above all, the letter states that a law and order situation could have been created because of the IT department's conduct. "The party in that sense has won the perception battle".
The Leader of Opposition in the Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad was quoted by The Times of India as saying, "If this raid is only on a person, then you could have done it a month before, or a month after". A delegation of Congress leaders had met the EC on Tuesday against the use of NOTA in RS poll.
The raids continued on Thursday at various locations. If sources are to be believed, I-T sleuths have been shadowing Shivakumar for the last two months before they chose to strike on Wednesday.