Karnataka Income Tax raids: Centre defends use of CRPF

According to government sources, the Centre responded to the EC on Friday saying that the use of CRPF during an I-T search is not unusual.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 5, 2017 4:10 am
karnataka it raids, income tax raid, shivakumar income tax raids, crpf used in it raids, income tax raids and crpf, indian express news Police and CRPF personnel frisk people during I-T raids at the residence of Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar in Bengaluru on Friday. (Source: PTI Photo)

The Union government is learnt to have defended the use of central police force during the Income Tax search on properties linked to Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar in its response to the Election Commission on Friday.

The Commission had sought a factual report from the government on Wednesday after a delegation from the Congress accused the BJP of misusing the CRPF to intimidate its Gujarat MLAs lodged in a resort in Karnataka ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.

According to government sources, the Centre responded to the EC on Friday saying that the use of CRPF during an I-T search is not unusual. The Gujarat government has also written back to the EC regarding its order to ensure the safety of all Congress MLAs and their family members from the state. The state has assured the EC that all measures were being taken for their security.

A political storm has been raging this week after the I-T department searched 60 premises linked to Shivakumar and recovered Rs 11 crore in cash as part of its probe into an alleged tax evasion case.

The Congress questioned the timing of the raid and accused BJP of misusing its resources as Shivakumar has been overseeing the stay of 42 Gujarat Congress MLAs in a resort near Bengaluru. Six MLAs have so far quit the Congress and three of them have joined the BJP in Gujarat.

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  1. R
    Raj V
    Aug 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    No need to defend. The entire country can follow Karnataka CM's actions and read his mind.
    1. V
      Aug 5, 2017 at 12:01 pm
      Karnataka Khangress wants to transform Karnataka into Kashmir. Whatever terrorists do in Kashmir theKarnataka Khangress is trying to imitate and emulate. Karnataka Flag is one example. Karnataka was ruled by Congress for 36 years (uninterruptedly) and thereafter every alternate 5 years. About 56 years of rule. Similarly at the centre for about 60 years Congress was running the Government directly and through allies. There was no talk of Karnataka flag. The other day a "Kannadiga Sikh" (an ex-servicemen) and whose family members laid down life for country were targeted - as can happen in Kashmir. Now Karnataka Khangress questions CRPF accompanying IT raid team. It happens in many States. But only Kashmir Terrorists and Karnataka Khangress will protest. The Minister in question has probably 40 places directly or indirectly under his control. Sources of money?. Karnataka Khangress wants no questions like Huriyat.
      1. P
        Aug 5, 2017 at 8:37 am
        Undeclared Emergency with Saffron Terror backed by Agencies and everything in the hand of Arrogant illiterate in power.
        1. H
          Harminder Singh
          Aug 5, 2017 at 7:36 am
          Time to create our own little fiefdoms for our future security and welfare like the 15th 16th century situation cause this is clearly a message being sent out to get your own muscle power like early times in divided INDIA if you want to survive and protect your families and their future so create your own strongholds and GARHS and fortresses and be ready to slug it out.