The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is finishing up searches at 14 places in Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra in the case that pertains to amassing of disproportionate belongings.
- PTI New Delhi/ Bengaluru
- Last Updated: October 5, 2020, 1:00 PM IST
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The CBI has until now recovered Rs 50 lakh from a number of premises it has searched in a corruption case associated to Congress chief D Ok Shivakumar, officers mentioned on Monday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is finishing up searches at 14 places in Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra in the case that pertains to amassing of disproportionate belongings, they mentioned.
The search operation could also be expanded through the day, the officers mentioned. The CBI has registered a recent case in opposition to the Congress chief based mostly on a supply data from one other company. The data relates to belongings amassed throughout Shivakumar’s tenure as a minister in Karnataka, they mentioned.
Following the registration of FIR, CBI groups began searches on Monday morning at 14 places — 9 in Karnataka, 4 in Delhi and one in Mumbai. So far, Rs 50 lakh has been recovered from premises of Shivakumar, his relations and associates through the searches in the corruption case, the officers mentioned.
Places which might be being searched embody properties of Shivakumar’s brother and MP from Bengaluru Rural D Ok Suresh, in accordance to sources. CBI sleuths reached their residences in Bengaluru and likewise at Doddalahalli in Kanakapura early this morning.
“CBI has registered a case against the then minister of the 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, one in Mumbai,” the CBI mentioned in an announcement. Congress leaders have hit out on the BJP governments on the Centre and in Karnataka for the CBI searches, questioning its timing forward of the November three bypolls to the Sira and the R R Nagar meeting segments.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala termed it “raid raj” and a “Machiavellian move” by the BJP authorities. “The insidious game of intimidation & machinations of Modi-Yeddyurappa duo being executed by a puppet CBI by raiding @DKShivakumar won’t deter us. CBI should be unearthing the layers of corruption in Yeddyurappa Govt. But, ‘Raid Raj’ is their only ‘Machiavellian Move’!,” Surjewala mentioned on Twitter.
“Let Modi & Yeddyurappa Govts & BJP’s frontal organizations i.e CBI-ED-Income Tax know that Congress workers & leaders will not be cowed down nor bow down before such devious attempts.Our resolve to fight for people & expose BJP’s maladministration only becomes stronger,” he tweeted. Congress Legislature Party chief Siddaramaiah too in a tweet mentioned, “@BJP4India has always tried to indulge in vindictive politics & mislead public attention. The latest CBI raid on @[email protected]’s house is another attempt to derail our preparation for bypolls. I strongly condemn this.” Congress spokesperson A S Ponnanna, who can be a senior advocate in the High Court of Karnataka, claimed that the court docket had requested the CBI not to precipitate as Shivakumar had questioned the permission given by the Karnataka authorities to the CBI to probe the alleged corruption fees in opposition to him.
“I’m surprised politics is down to this level… CBI has to function under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, under which if they have to come to a state and investigate, they have to get permission from the state government, the permission that was given has been questioned by Shivakumar,” he mentioned. “The court had said do not precipitate, what I have understood from this is- they (CBI) should have not have acted. They should have got it vacated from the court and acted, after permission from the court,” Ponnanna, who served as an extra advocate basic through the Congress authorities, mentioned, including that the investigation ought to be honest and lawful.
Shivakumar was arrested on September 23 final yr by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the cash laundering case and was lodged in the Tihar jail below judicial custody. The Congress chief was launched from the jail on October 23 after the Delhi High Court granted him bail.