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CBI searches premises linked to DK Shivakumar; Congress cries foul

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on October 05, 2020 Published on October 05, 2020

KPCC president DK Shivakumar (right) and brother DK Suresh address Congress workers in Bengaluru on Monday

Congress, BJP slug it out on social media

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched premises associated with the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh on Monday morning.

A note from CBI said it has registered a case against the MLA on the allegations of possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of ₹74.93 crore.

CBI said “It may be recalled that Karnataka Government issued a Notification u/s 6 of DSPE Act and it was followed by a Notification u/s 5 of DSPE Act issued by Government of India after which CBI had initially registered a Preliminary Enquiry during March, 2020 against the said MLA and others in the matter.”

 

Shivakumar claimed that “This raid is a continuation of BJP’s vendetta politics against me. Congress was fighting on behalf of people ever since coronavirus pandemic and exposing the failures of BJP Government. Such raids won’t stop me from fighting against injustice. We will win against such tactics in the court of the people.”

The CBI note said “On Monday 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 and several incriminating documents including property documents, bank related information, computer hard disk.”

By-polls in State

The searches come even as Shivakumar is leading the campaign for by-polls for two assembly seats — RR Nagar and Sira — scheduled for November 3.

Senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah tweeted “@BJP4India has always tried to indulge in vindictive politics & mislead public attention. The latest CBI raid on @KPCCPresident @DKShivakumar’s house is another attempt to derail our preparation for by-polls. I strongly condemn this.”

Randeep Singh Surjewala, AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka said “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. But, ‘Raid Raj’ is their only ‘Machiavellian Move’ !”

 

Congress party in Karnataka tweeted “Elections bring the best out of our Government agencies CBI-IT-ED are performing constant election duties across the country for @BJP4India. Why do these agencies become hyper active only before elections ? This proves they are taking orders only from their political bosses.”

BJP reacts

Reacting sharply to Congress party’s reaction, Karnataka unit of BJP tweeted “There were no CBI - IT - ED raids on any @INCIndia leaders during 2014 & 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. Still CONgress was decimated in the Elections. Even @RahulGandhi lost very badly from Amethi. Any answer, dear @INCKarnataka? WHY are your leaders panicking if they are Saints?”

 

 

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Published on October 05, 2020
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