With incriminating evidence and cash seizure, intense probe awaits Karnataka minister Shivakumar
With incriminating evidence, cash seizure of around Rs 10 crore, the Income Tax department which raided D K Shivakumar, Karnataka minister and handler of the Gujarat MLAs has intensified its probe into the case.
The minister was picked up from a resort on Wednesday where he was staying with the 43 MLAs from Gujarat who were brought down to avoid poaching ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.
IT officials said that the probe has been intensified following the search and seizure. The officials accused his aides of tearing up documents when they started the raid. Raids were conducted in nearly 60 places both in Delhi and Bengaluru and a sum of around Rs 10 crore was seized, a charge denied by the minister's brother D K Suresh.
Following the raids, IT department officials began scrutinising the documents. The officials also used note counting machines to ascertain the amount that had been seized.
The IT department is closely scrutinising a diary that was seized earlier this year from a Congress leader. In the diary the leader had spoken about the kickbacks and what caught the eye of the IT officials was a name written as DKS. The officials suspect that the leader meant D K Shivakumar.
The matter will be probed further and if the need be Shivakumar will be called in for several rounds of questioning said an official. Based on the questioning a case would be filed. If the need be arrests would be carried out, officials also said.
The raids were conducted at several places. The locker of a teacher which is in the name of Shivakumar's relative was also searched. The IT department has kept an eye on these transactions ever allegations of attempts to divert cash post demonetisation were made.