The search at the state Power Minister's posh residence in the city's upscale suburb and his deluxe room at the resort caught the ruling party in Karnataka unaware and led to strong condemnation.
Income Tax raid: Rs 7.5 cr seized from K'taka Minister's home and Eagleton Golf resort.
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Yesterday, the Congress had approached the EC against the use of NOTA option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, claiming it was violative of the Constitution and electoral laws.
In the backdrop of Gujarat Congress MLAs quitting and joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as many as 44 of the grand old party MLAs left for Bengaluru recently to ensure they don't succumb to police and political pressure to join the saffron party. "The raided man is the Karnataka minister, nothing to do with Gujarat", the HRD minister told reporters.
"The BJP is using manpower, muscle power, money power and even Modi power to cow down Congress MLAs in Gujarat".
Attacking the BJP, Another leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Conduct raids on residences of those people from your party (BJP) who are offering Rs 15 crore".
As the raids on the resort triggered angry reactions from the Congress, the IT department said the resort is not being raided. "This raid should not be linked with any Gujarat poll, this is on a purely economic offence", Jaitley said in Lok Sabha. However, on questions being raised on the timing of the search, they said the events involving certain MLAs of another state being brought to Karnataka were unforeseen and unpredictable events.
Today, a Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the Centre, the Election Commission, and the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha in a writ petition filed by Shailesh Manubhai Parmar, Chief Whip of the Indian National Congress in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly.