The CBI on Monday raided 14 locations linked to Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar in connection with an alleged corruption case. The raids were carried out across Karnataka, Mumbai and Delhi. The CBI has recovered a total of Rs 50 lakh after the raids.
Several teams from Delhi, Maharashtra began the searches at around 6:30 am. Apart from DK Shivakumar, the premises of his family members and his associates are also being searched.
Notably, bye-elections are scheduled in Karnataka on November 3.
What did CBI say?
The alleged corruption case was registered by the CBI based on the inputs shared by the Enforcement Directorate over a money-laundering probe.
“CBI has registered a case against then Minister of Karnataka Government and others on the allegations of acquisition of disproportionate assets. Searches are being conducted today at 14 locations including nine in Karnataka, four in Delhi, and one in Mumbai,” CBI said in a statement.
DK Shivakumar arrested by ED in 2019
Last year, the 58-year-old DK Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate after four days of questioning over money-laundering allegations.
The September 2019 arrest involved tax raids on Shivakumar in 2017, when Rs 8.6 crore in “undisclosed income” was allegedly found. The figure was revised to Rs 11 crore later. ED had filed a money laundering case against Shivakumar in 2018, based on a chargesheet filed by the Income Tax department.
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During the money laundering probe, the Enforcement Directorate had forwarded some of their findings to the CBI last year. This is the first CBI case against the 58-year-old Congress leader.
How Congress reacted?
Congress leaders have criticised the CBI raids. Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused the BJP government of indulging in “vindictive politics.”
“@BJP4India has always tried to indulge in vindictive politics & mislead public attention. The latest CBI raid on @KPCCPresident @DKShivakumar’s house is another attempt to derail our preparation for bypolls. I strongly condemn this,” he tweeted.
Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the CBI of acting as a BJP puppet.
“The insidious game of intimidation & machinations of Modi-Yeddyurappa duo being executed by a puppet CBI by raiding @DKShivakumar won’t deter us. CBI should be unearthing the layers of corruption in Yeddyurappa Govt. But, ‘Raid Raj’ is their only ‘Machiavellian Move’ !,” Surjewala tweeted.
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