The search under Section 132 of the Income Tax Act is an evidence gathering exercise which is being carried in compliance with all statutory requirements. The following raid at the Bengaluru is the continuation of an investigation which has been in progress for a period and it is the well planned IT search.
It also includes the legislators of the other states who have been brought to Karnataka and they were the unpredictable events. The search is done in the resort where the minister and some MLAs from another state are put up. Hence the Minister’s room alone is being searched. In the income tax press note they said, The search team has no concern with the MLAs, and there has been no contact with MLAs.
It is because the six MLAs from the Gujarat constituency has left the party which is the major drawback for the congress in ahead of the Rajya Sabha Polls, for the safety the party decided to prisoned the other 40 legislators of the state in Bengaluru Eagleton Resort to prevent further cross over on July 28. Minister D.K. Shivakumar was put in-charge of holding the MLAs together. The minister had been in-charge of such resort stays of MLAs during times of crisis for Congress party earlier as well.
The energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar was put in-charge of holding the MLAs together.
The Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel called the raids an “unprecedented witch hunt, raid” and this attack reflects desperation and frustration of BJP.
The Minister D.K. Shivakumar and his brother D.K. Suresh also had two separate rooms booked at the resort for the last five days.Even the IT department broke into the room and searched for them, Sources said.
Several State Congress leaders including Hoskote MLA MTB Nagaraj, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Women’s wing chief Lakshmi Hebbalkar and another minister Ramesh Jarkiholi were the targets of IT department in the last six months.