BENGALURU: The CBI raided 14 properties in Karnataka, Delhi and Mumbai linked to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar and his brother, Bengaluru Rural MP DK Suresh, on Monday.
The CBI launched the raids at around 6 am, after the Karnataka government gave central sleuths permission to probe corruption charges against him. The searches are likely to continue on Tuesday.
The raids come nearly a year after the Congress troubleshooter secured bail in a case alleging money-laundering after spending 50 days in Tihar jail. Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Shivakumar claimed that Yediyurappa sanctioned raids on him on September 30 to shift the media’s attention from the Hathras case and to hamper his involvement in the Sira and RR Nagar assembly bypolls. “Yediyurappa must answer why he chose September 30 to sanction the raids, after a nationwide protest was announced over the Hathras incident. He must say why the raids were allowed to take place today, and not before September 30 or at a later date? I was never going to run away,” he said. “I am not scared of the CBI raids. I will not get bogged down by these intimidating tactics of BJP.”
Shivakumar claimed the CBI seized only Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh from all his properties, including the ones in Delhi, on Monday, disputing the agency’s statement that around Rs 57 lakh had been recovered. “As a businessman, I am eligible to keep that much money at my home,” he said.
A CBI statement said it has registered a case against Shivakumar based on allegations that he possesses Rs 75 crore in assets in his and his family members’ names that are disproportionate to his sources of income. The CBI claimed it recovered Rs 57 lakh in cash and documents during the day-long raids.
The Congress nata was arrested by the ED on September 23, 2019 in the money-laundering case and was lodged in Tihar jail. He was released on October 23 after the Delhi high court granted him bail.
Shivakumar, facing money-laundering and income tax-related cases, is facing charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to sources of income when he was energy minister in the Congress government from 2014 to 2018. ED sources said they came across alleged large-scale irregularities during tendering for solar power plants and in approving applications to set up solar rooftop panels. Transactions with private power generators are under the scanner.