Bengaluru IT Raid: Department denies connection with Gujarat MLAs

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"This minister was coordinating the safety of the (Congress) MLAs".

The minister is hosting his party's MLAs from Gujarat who have been brought to the Bengaluru resort till the day of the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.

Reacting to the incident, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said, "IT raid is an attempt to silence voice against BJP, will not bow down to intimidation".

IT spokesperson Surabhi Ahluwalia said Rs 5 crore in cash was recovered from his residence in Delhi.

Noisy protests broke out in Parliament on Wednesday as the Congress confronted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party over Income Tax raids carried out in the morning on one of its ministers in the Karnataka government.

The Congress protested in the Rajya Sabha as well as in Bengaluru. "Raids were held at the behest of State BJP leadersparticularly on Ministers and Congress leaders to defame the partybut they will not succeed", Mr Patil added. "They should have taken the assistance of the state police", the Karnataka chief minister said.

The Congress alleged political vendetta by the BJP-led NDA government and forced repeated adjournments of the Rajya Sabha which wound up business much ahead of schedule because of continued slogan shouting by Congress MPs in the House.

The IT department conducted searches at multiple properties related to Shivakumar in connection with a tax evasion case. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel accused the BJP of indulging in an "unprecedented witch-hunt" to win one Rajya Sabha seat.

Officials privy to the raids said a team of I-T sleuths have reached the Eagleton resort to question the minister, who was staying at the resort for the night.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government agencies were being used to terrorise people just ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.

Javadekar said the MLAs had been staying at the resort for the "last five days and will be there for another eight days (till the Rajya Sabha election)".

Terming Kharge's allegations as "baseless", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the raids were part of action against black money and corruption.

"Raid those in your party who tried to give a bribe of Rs 15 crore".

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