Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while speaking on the issue of the Income Tax department raids on locations linked to Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar on Wednesday, said that Shivakumar was trying to destroy documents crucial for the probe.
The diary had several initials of names, which are said to be of top Congress politicians.
Rajya Sabha on Wednesday saw a huge uproar by the Congress after Income Tax raids on properties related to Karnataka's Energy minister D K Shivakumar , with the ruckus forcing repeated adjournments in the Upper House. I-T men, however, shot down such speculations, calling it "a mere coincidence". The information I've received from the department and I've personally verified them.
The Congress termed the action a "political witch-hunt" by the Centre, citing the use of not just the I-T department, but also paramilitary force CRPF, while the BJP asserted that it was routine action against "only one individual".
Note counting machines have been brought at a location in Safdarjung Enclave in Delhi and in Hasan and Mysuru in Karnataka to count the cash. That search is being conducted at 39 places. The resort was not raided. "CRPF was used during IT raids instead of seeking police cooperation", he complained.
The developments come after at least six Congress MLAs in Gujarat resigned from the party to join the BJP. "Such operations can not be planned and launched overnight". It allegedly showed kickbacks sent to the party's high command.
"The torn sheet, restored partially, is now being analysed", an official said. According to sources, the case will be referred to Enforcement Directorate as cash has been recovered.
Minister Shivakumar at his home in Bengaluru.
After 10 days of staying put at Bengaluru's Eagleton Resort, the 43 Congress MLAs will fly back to the State on August 7 so that they can celebrate Rakshabandhan with their family.
Earlier in the Rajya Sabha, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "The minister & his brother, an elected representative, are coordinating stay of Gujarat MLAs, that is why it is a targeted timing". However, the minister quickly clarified that his statement had nothing to do with raids on DK Shivakumar's properties.
"Using IT Department as a weapon of political vendetta is not only a blatant misuse of power, but also against principles of democracy and 'cooperative federalism", tweeted Siddaramaiah.
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