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IT officials raid Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar's residence

Income Tax (IT) sleuths on Wednesday began conducting raids at the official residence of Karnataka Power Minister D.K. Shivakumar and at a private resort near here where 44 Congress lawmakers from Gujarat are staying, said an official.

The raids started at 7 am this morning and are still underway.

Earlier on July 29, the Congress had segregated 44 of its MLAs from Gujarat at a private resort in Bengaluru, Eagleton Golf Resort, ahead of crucial Rajya Sabha elections in which Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, is seeking to return to the Upper House.

About 40 I-T officials with protection from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are said to be carrying out searches at the Eagleton resort and are also checking vehicles moving in and out of the resort. "The minister being searched was staying at a resort near Bangalore where some MLAs from another state are put up".

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His office near his Sadashivanagar residence is also being searched. The premises of his brother, D K Suresh, who is an MP, at Kanakapura and of a close aide of Shivakumar named C S Ravi, who is an MLC, were also raided.

The revolt by Congress MLAs threatens to jeopardise senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel's bid for a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat.

'After using state machinery and every other agency, these I-T raids show their utter desperation & frustration, ' ANI quoted him as saying. The team of 10 taxmen is looking for cash transactions taking place in the resort and to check whether money was paid to retain MLAs at a confined place by Karnataka Congress unit.

Earlier, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had accused the BJP in the state of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for August 8. The deluxe rooms come for Rs 7500 a day.

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