- Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar raided by Income Tax officials
- He was staying at a Bengaluru resort alongwith 43 Gujarat Congress MLAs
- Lawmakers were flown in by Congress from Gujarat to prevent defections
The minister was at the Eagleton Golf Resort since last night and was caught tearing up documents, said Income Tax officials, disclosing that Rs 11 crore in cash was seized in raids at around 60 places in Karnataka and Delhi. Wads of cash were counted using note-counting machines.
Mr Shivakumar, the Energy Minister in Karnataka's Congress government, is being investigated for tax evasion. It is suspected that he is "DKS" in a diary related to kickbacks, seized from a Congress leader earlier this year.
Mr Shivakumar is chief trouble-shooter for the Congress in Karnataka and was designated handler for the Gujarat lawmakers who were rushed to Bengaluru late on Friday night after six of their colleagues quit the party, precipitating a crisis in the state ahead of the Rajya Sabha election next week - in which lawmakers are to vote - and polls later this year.
"After using the state machinery and every other agency, these I-T raids show their utter desperation and frustration," said Mr Patel, who is Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political adviser.
Responding to the Congress's allegation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in parliament: "Don't link the I-T raids to Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat."
The Congress alleges that its lawmakers are being intimidated by the ruling BJP in Gujarat and also being offered Rs 15 crore for their support in the Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday.