"Vendetta": DK Shivakumar On ₹ 75 Crore Disproportionate Assets Case
- India Vahini News / A S DSilva
Bengaluru/ New Delhi:
A case has been registered against Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar for collecting ₹ 75 crore as disproportionate assets, the CBI said in a statement on Monday, after it raided 14 properties linked to the leader in three states - Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The leader said the action against him was part of the BJP's "vendetta politics".
"This raid is a continuation of BJP's vendetta politics against me. Congress was fighting on behalf of people ever since Corona & exposing the failures of BJP Govt. Such raids wont stop me from fighting against injustice. We will win against such tactics in the court of the people," he (sic) tweeted.
Congress was fighting on behalf of people ever since Corona & exposing the failures of BJP Govt. The CBI, in a statement, said it has found "incriminating material" in the raid.
"The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against former Minister of Karnataka Government (presently MLA) on the allegations of possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of ₹ 74.93 crore (approx) in his name and in the name of his family members," the CBI statement read.
"Searches were conducted today at 14 locations including Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai at the premises of said MLA and others which led to recovery of cash of ₹ 57 lakh(approx) and several incriminating documents including property documents, bank related information, computer hard disk," it added.
The raids, which began at around 6:30 am, have been called by the Congress an "attempt to derail our preparation for bypolls" in Karnataka.
DK Shivakumar's home in Sadashivanagar, an upscale locality in Bengaluru, was one of the many locations searched by the investigative agency. Just across the road, the home of his brother - MP DK Suresh - was also searched.
The alleged corruption case against the Karnataka Congress chief was registered by the CBI based on the inputs shared by the Enforcement Directorate over a money laundering probe. "Searches are being conducted today at 14 locations including nine in Karnataka, four in Delhi, and one in Mumbai," the probe agency said this morning in a statement.
Last year, the 58-year-old Congress leader was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate after four days of questioning over money-laundering allegations.
The September 2019 arrest involved tax raids on Mr Shivakumar in 2017, when ₹ 8.6 crore in "undisclosed income" was allegedly found. The figure was revised to ₹ 11 crore later. The Enforcement Directorate had filed a money laundering case against Mr Shivakumar in 2018, based on a chargesheet filed by the Income Tax department.
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.
Today, AS Ponnana, the Congress leader's lawyer, told reporters: "Every time, there is an election, will they keep raiding his house? There should be some sanctity - something to the rule of law. This is not a lawful action. I don't think there is a doubt in anybody's mind. You don't need a legal mind for that. The public is aware why this is happening. The by-elections are announced, he is one of the star campaigners, he is KPCC president. It is only a politically motivated action."
The two bypolls - in Rajarajeshhwari Nagar and Sira - are not crucial in terms of numbers. The BJP has just too many MLAs in the 224-member assembly to be in any danger. But the Congress and ally JDS would not like to lose these seats that they had held, while the ruling party would not want a defeat either.