CBI raids Congress's DK Shivakumar's premises in alleged corruption case

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Congress Karnataka Chief DK Shivakumar (Image: Twitter)
Congress Karnataka Chief DK Shivakumar (Image: Twitter)

Bangalore : The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on Monday raided premises of Karnataka Congress Chief DK Shivakumar in the state, Mumbai and Delhi in an alleged corruption case against him.

Congress termed the raids, on 14 different locations, as an attempt to derail their bypolls preparations in Karnataka.

CBI has registered a case of corruption against Shivakumar on the basis of inputs received from the Enforcement Directorate over a money laundering probe.

"CBI has registered a case against then Minister of Karnataka Government and others on the allegations of acquisition of disproportionate assets. Searches are being conducted today at 14 locations including nine in Karnataka, four in Delhi, and one in Mumbai," the probe agency said this morning in a statement.

"I am not aware of the FIR. We are seeking basic information - what's the case against, why is he being raided? What is so secretive. Can't they share the details of the FIR. For the CBI to enter a state. In this case the permission was given, which was challenged in the High Court by DK Shivkumar. The court had adjourned the matter on September 30. Yet the CBI has been allowed to raid houses," DK Shivakumar's lawyer told the reporters today.

Last year, the 58-year-old Karnataka Congress chief was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate after four days of questioning over money-laundering allegations. 

The September 2019 arrest involved tax raids on Mr Shivakumar in 2017, when Rs 8.6 crore in "undisclosed income" was allegedly found. The figure was revised to Rs 11 crore later.  The Enforcement Directorate had filed a money laundering case against Mr Shivakumar in 2018, based on a chargesheet filed by the Income Tax department.

Karnataka is set for the bypolls on November 3.