DK Shivakumar Raids Were Planned Months In Advance, Says IT Official

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| August 3 , 2017 , 07:53 IST

Sudden income tax raids on Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar who was responsible for the safety of 42 Gujarat MLAs lodged at a Bengaluru resort morning sparked off controversy, however, income tax officials say that the raids were planned well in advance.

In the IT raids across 60 locations connected to Shivakumar, Rs 10 crore in cash was recovered, with Rs 7.5 crore being recovered from Shivakumar's Delhi residence in Safdarjung Enclave and another Rs 2.5 crore recovered from Bengaluru.

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"The searches were planned much in advance and recoveries of huge cash were based on specific information and would not have been possible if delayed," a top income tax official said to TOI.  

"We have raided 60 locations across the country, of which 39 search and seizure warrants were issued in Karnataka," an I-T department official added.

Officials also stated that 39 locations could not be raided in a hurry and had required months of preparation.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has come out in defence of the sudden raids, claiming that the state Energy minister was destroying papers crucial for a probe. Jaitley added that the raids at the Bengaluru resort had nothing to do with the Gujarat Congress MLAs lodged there but was conducted as the Energy Minister Shivakumar was reported to be there.