The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday conducted raids at Congress leader DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh’s residences in Bengaluru and Kanakapura along with 15 other properties belonging to the brothers.
The CBI has registered a case against the Karnataka Congress chief on allegations of acquisition of disproportionate assets and procured a warrant from the CBI Special Court judge on Sunday evening.
The search and seizure operation began at 6 am on Monday. Several of Shivakumar’s places of business were also searched on Monday. Sources indicate that several business associates and relatives of the DK brothers too could come under the CBI probe.
Sources have said that the CBI probe comes in the light of the Enforcement Directorate’s probe into alleged money laundering perpetrated by DK Shivakumar. An FIR was registered against Shivakumar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Last year, Shivakumar was lodged at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate. Shivakumar was arrested on September 3, 2019, by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case filed in 2018 following an investigation made by the Income Tax Department in 2017, when unaccounted cash t of more than Rs 8 crore was found in New Delhi in locations allegedly linked to Shivakumar.
Meanwhile, reacting to the raids on Monday, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaih and Congress leader called it an attempt to “mislead public.”
Congress General Secretary, Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted that,” 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’ !”
“Again the timing of CBI raid on @DKShivakumar is suspect. The cost of questioning the Govt & exposing their corruption,” Congress leader Priyank Kharge said.
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah condemned the raid by tweeting that, it was an attempt to derail the party’s preparation for byelections.