Congress cries foul over tax raids in Bengaluru

Shivakumar has been brought to his city residence for further inquiry by IT officials from the resort, where he was staying along with Gujarat Congress MLAs who have been camping here since Saturday last.

"In order to meet political conspiracies, IT department has been used". Let the probebring out the truth, he added.

Minister for Water Resources M B Patil, talking to newsmen, alleged that BJP is misusing IT department which is under itscontrol to tarnish the image of Congress government in the State.

"The use or abuse (of power) will depend on the nature of what the I-T department recovers", Jaitley said. IT raid may also be heldon my properties and office also.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma questioned the timing of the raid, which came less than a week before the biennial elections. Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar, who was in-charge of these Gujarat MLAs, was also searched.

The I-T department stated that the raids did not happen in relation to the stay of MLAs in the Eagleton resort, according to the CNN-News 18 reports. The Congress has accused the BJP from of engineering the defections, poaching them ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha bypoll.

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Brushing off the claims made by the Congress, Jaitley said the raids had to take place in the resort since the Karnataka minister "parked" himself there.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, replying to Sharma and said: "Searches are on at 39 places".

Not mollified, Congress members trooped into the well of Rajya Sabha and started shouting slogans, following which the House was adjourned for 10 minutes. He also confirmed that only one particular Karnataka minister was searched.

Attacking the BJP, Another leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Conduct raids on residences of those people from your party (BJP) who are offering Rs 15 crore".

He said after BJP resorting to IT raids after it failed to bribe legislators in Gujarat.

The ruling BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah and union minister Smriti Irani for two out of three vacant RS seats from Gujarat. If the raids make even a handful of the Gujarat legislators rethink their decision, Patel's game will be up, given how precariously he is balanced in Gandhinagar.

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