The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 5 October raided multiple locations, including residences as well as business establishments, connected with Karnataka Congress politician DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh in alleged a corruption case, officials said.
Officials said 15 locations are being raided by at least 60 officials of the central agency. The CBI search operation started at their residence located in Doddallahalli village in Kanankapura constituency, which is represented by Shivakumar in the state assembly. DK Suresh is the MP from Bengaluru Rural.
One of the residences the CBI raided is that of Iqbal Hussain, a close aide of Shivakumar.
As per sources, the CBI teams conducted raids at DK Shivakumar house in Sadashivanagar in Bengaluru and DK Suresh’s properties in Kanakapura and Bengaluru. The sources added that CBI SP Thomson Jose led the search operation that began at 6 am today and that the central agency had procured a warrant from the CBI Special Court judge late on 4 October evening.
The CBI raids were condemned by senior Karnataka Congress politicians Siddaramaiah. “@BJP4India has always tried to indulge in vindictive politics & mislead public attention. The latest CBI raid on @KPCCPresident @DKShivakumar ‘s house is another attempt to derail our preparation for by-polls. I strongly condemn this,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
Last year, Shivakumar had been lodged at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with a money-laundering case probed by the Enforcement Directorate. Shivakumar was arrested on 3 September, 2019, by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case filed in 2018 following an investigation by the Income Tax Department in 2017, when unaccounted cash to the tune of more than Rs 8 crore was found in New Delhi in locations allegedly linked to the Karnataka Congress politician.
On the basis of the I-T investigations, and complaint to the court of tax evasion and criminal conspiracy to evade tax under Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code, the ED registered a case against Shivakumar and his associates in September 2018. He was accused of funneling unaccounted money through hawala channels with the help of others. Under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Shivakumar was charged with tax evasion and ‘hawala’ transactions worth crores of rupees.