Indian authorities raid minister for tax evasion

Indian authorities raid minister for tax evasion

Indian authorities raid minister for tax evasion

The Congress Party on Wednesday slammed the BJP government at the Centre over the Income Tax raids at multiple properties related to Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar, who was overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru.

Congress lawmaker N. Ravi's house in Bengaluru's southern suburb was also searched. Officials said Shivakumar's aide and his driver have been detained for questioning.

He said the IT officials searched "at least four rooms" at the resort and also asked questions to some of the MLAs about their presence there.

Earlier, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had accused the BJP in the state of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for August 8. Already six Congress lawmakers have resigned from the Congress.

Responding to Opposition's allegations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "No search has taken place in the resort as such and no MLA was searched, only one particular Karnataka minister was searched". It said the searches were part of an evidence-gathering exercise.

United States open for discussions on Syrian settlement with Russia - Tillerson
He said China had a particular role to play, as it accounted for 90 per cent of trade with the Communist nation. Tillerson made the comments just days after North Korea fired another ICBM into the Sea of Japan .

Sam Shepard, acclaimed playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, dies aged 73
Shepard is survived by three children, Hannah and Samuel by ex-partner Jessica Lange , and son Jesse , with partner O-Lan Jones. Don Cheadle wrote: "Literally bumped into Sam Shepard many years ago, both of us on our way to see Pillow Man on Broadway ".

After 6-month run, Trump ousts chief of staff Reince Priebus
He defended the orders to reporters and lawmakers and insisted that he indeed had been part of the decision-making process. The SUV then left the Trump motorcade, "which proceeded along to the White House without him", the Post reports.

The Income Tax joint commissioner said the searches were in continuation of an investigation going on for considerable time. The I-T department in Bangalore has said in their official statement that the raid is only on DK Shivkumar, but not Eagleton Golf resort or the MLAs.

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.

Reacting to the developments, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala was quoted as saying by ANI, "BJP has used every dirty and ugly trick to run a conspiracy to win Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat".

Strongly objecting to the introduction of NOTA in Rajya Sabha polls, Gehlot said, "I condemn the way PM Narendra Modi is taking party towards disaster".

Related news