The CBI on Monday raided several premises of Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar located in Karnataka, Mumbai and Delhi on Monday. The CBI began the raids in the morning in an alleged corruption case against DK Shivakumar.
The raids, which have been carried out in 14 locations, have been dubbed by the Congress as an “attempt to derail our preparation for by-polls” in Karnataka.
A corruption case was registered against Shivakumar based on material shared by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over an embezzlement case. A statement released by the agency said: “CBI has registered a case against then Minister of Karnataka Government and others on the allegations of acquisition of disproportionate assets. 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.” Even last year Shivakumar was arrested by the ED after grilling him for four days over the money laundering allegations.
In 2018, the Income Tax department filed a charge sheet, accusing Shivakumar of money laundering and possessing 11 crore of undisclosed income. Based on that charge sheet, the ED filed a case against Shivakumar in 2019.
It was during that money trail conducted by the ED, some of the incriminating documents had been passed by to the CBI. This is the first time the CBI has filed a case against the 58-year-old Congress leader.
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah reacted to the searches and responded with a tweet.
“@BJP4India has always tried to indulge in vindictive politics & mislead public attention. The latest CBI raid on @KPCCPresident @DKShivakuma ‘s house is another attempt to derail our preparation for bypolls. I strongly condemn this.”
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala also launched a scathing attack on the BJP on Twitter. “The insidious game of intimidation & machinations of Modi-Yeddyurappa duo being executed by a puppet CBI by raiding @DKShivakumar won’t deter us. CBI should be unearthing the layers of corruption in Yeddyurappa Govt.