CBI raids Congress’ DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh in alleged corruption case

CBI raids Congress’ DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh in alleged corruption case

The raids by CBI started at 6 am at their residence located in Doddallahalli village in Kanankapura constituency, which is represented by Shivakumar within the state assembly. DK Suresh is that the MP from Bengaluru Rural.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday conducted simultaneous raids at multiple locations across the country, including residences also as business establishments, connected with Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh in an alleged a corruption case, officials said.

The raids by the central agency were immediately condemned by the Congress party, which called it a political vendetta and an “insidious game of intimidation”.

The Karnataka government had on September 25, 2019, given sanction to CBI to probe DK Shivakumar under the prevention of corruption act. The case emanates from an ED probe and therefore the anti-money laundering probe agency had arrested Shivakumar last year.

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“CBI has registered a case against then Minister of Karnataka Government et al. on the allegations of acquisition of Disproportionate Assets. Searches are being conducted today at 14 locations including 9 in Karnataka, 4 in Delhi, one in Mumbai. Details will follow,” the agency said during a statement. The case against Shivakumar is for amassing disproportionate assets, it added.

The raids by CBI started at 6 am at their residence located in Doddallahalli village in Kanankapura constituency, which is represented by Shivakumar within the state assembly. DK Suresh represents Bengaluru Rural within the Lok Sabha.

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Officials conversant in the event said the locations, including the Delhi residences of Suresh, are being raided by a minimum of 60 officials of the central agency. one among the residences being raided is that of Iqbal Hussain, an in-depth aide of Shivakumar.

Several leaders of the Congress party tweeted to condemn the raids.

“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’!” Randeep Singh Surjewala, the Congress’ national spokesperson, tweeted.

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“Let Modi & Yeddyurappa Govts & BJP’s frontal organizations i.e CBI-ED-Income Tax know that Congress workers & leaders won’t be cowed down nor bow down before such devious attempts. Our resolve to fight for people & expose BJP’s maladministration only becomes stronger,” he Karnataka Congress tweeted that CBI has become a permanent electoral weapon for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “We condemn this politics of vendetta,” it said.

The Congress party said it’ll hold a protest meet at its headquarters against the CBI raid. “Afraid of losing the Sira and RR Nagar by-polls, the BJP is resorting to those tactics. We won’t be cowed down and can fight this,” Saleem Ahmed, the Congress state working president, said.

The CBI raids were also condemned by senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah. “@BJP4India has always tried to enjoy vindictive politics & mislead public attention. the newest CBI raid on @KPCCPresident @DKShivakumar ‘s home is another plan to derail our preparation for by-polls. I strongly condemn this,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

Hundreds of supporters of the Congress leader gathered at the luxury Sadashivnagar residence of Shivakumar and Suresh. Suresh appeared on the balcony of his residence and asked the supporters with folded hands to disperse, saying that the officials should be allowed.

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