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CBI searches 14 locations linked to Karnataka Cong chief Shivakumar

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary
| New Delhi |

October 6, 2020 6:13:01 am

D Ok Shivakumar, alongside along with his brother D Ok Suresh, addresses occasion employees at his residence in Bengaluru. (PTI)

The CBI on Monday carried out searches on the Bengaluru residence of Congress chief D Ok Shivakumar after reserving him in a case of disproportionate property. The CBI additionally searched premises linked to kinfolk and associates of Shivakumar at 13 different areas in Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai.

“CBI has registered a case towards former Minister of Karnataka Authorities (Presently MLA) on the allegations of possession of disproportionate property to the tune of Rs 74.93 crore (approx) in his title and within the title of his members of the family. Searches have been carried out at this time at 14 areas together with 9 in Karnataka, 4 in Delhi and one in Mumbai,” CBI spokesperson R Ok Gaur mentioned.

Sources mentioned Rs 57 lakh in money and several other incriminating paperwork together with property papers and financial institution associated paperwork, other than digital proof, have been seized.

Premises of Shivakumar’s brother D Ok Suresh, and his shut affiliate Sachin Narayan, have been amongst these searched. Suresh is the Lok Sabha MP from Bengaluru Rural. Narayan, a businessman with pursuits in actual property and lodges, had been booked earlier together with Shivakumar by the Revenue-Tax Division and Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Sources mentioned CBI registered the disproportionate property case primarily based on a reference from ED, which had opened a cash laundering investigation towards Shivakumar in September 2018 primarily based on tax evasion findings by the I-T Division.

The CBI claimed the Karnataka authorities had given the go-ahead for an investigation towards Shivakumar early this 12 months, following which the company had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) in March. On completion of the PE, an FIR has been registered.

It claimed that the PE “prima facie disclosed that Shri D Ok Shivakumar and his dependent members of the family amassed property disproportionate to their recognized sources of revenue in the course of the interval from 01.04.2013 to 30.04.2018 throughout which interval, Shri D Ok Shivakumar was functioning as public servant within the capability of Cupboard Minister of Govt. of Karnataka”.

The Congress mentioned the CBI motion was a part of the “Raid Raj” of the BJP governments in Bengaluru and New Delhi.

“The insidious recreation of intimidation & machinations of Modi-Yeddyurappa duo being executed by a puppet CBI by raiding @DKShivakumar received’t deter us. CBI must be unearthing the layers of corruption in Yeddyurappa Govt. However, ‘Raid Raj’is their solely ‘Machiavellian Transfer’!” occasion spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala mentioned in a tweet.

Karnataka’s former Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too tweeted in Shivakumar’s help, and alleged that the searches have been supposed to disrupt Congress preparations for the upcoming byelections. Shivakumar, who’s now president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, was a minister in Siddaramaiah’s authorities.

ED had arrested Shivakumar on September three final 12 months. The investigations had reportedly discovered {that a} main a part of his over Rs 800 crore wealth had been gathered on the time he was Karnataka’s Minister for City Growth (between 1999 and 2004 within the S M Krishna authorities) and Energy (from 2014-18 when Siddaramaiah was CM).

Shivakumar, who’s on bail within the ED case, has repeatedly argued that each one his wealth is asserted and he has paid taxes on them, and has all the time denied any wrongdoing and claimed that he was being focused for political causes.

The CBI FIR alleges that Shivakumar and members of his household have been discovered to be in possession of movable and immovable property to the tune of Rs 33.92 crore on April 1, 2013, which elevated to Rs 128.60 crore by April, 2018.

“…Their whole revenue and receipts in the course of the examine interval was to the tune of Rs 166,79,58,216 and their whole expenditure was to the tune of Rs 113,12,16,585 and subsequently, they’re discovered to be in possession of property disproportionate to the tune of Rs 74,93,40,069 which is 44.93% of their whole revenue in the course of the examine interval and the identical can’t be satisfactorily defined by the accused,” the FIR mentioned.

In his election affidavit in 2004, Shivakumar had declared wealth of Rs 7 crore. This grew to greater than Rs 800 crore in 2018. The truth is, between 2013 and 2018, Shivakumar’s wealth grew by over Rs 600 crore.

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