Karnataka Congress President D Ok Shivakumar on Monday termed searches carried out by CBI on properties linked to him at 14 locations as “politically
motivated” and mentioned he wouldn’t bow right down to “conspiracies or strain ways to close him up”.
Claiming that neither he nor his members of the family have dedicated any “mistake”, he mentioned he was being harassed “for the sake of politics.’
“In 2017 on the time of the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat, Earnings Tax raid was carried out in opposition to me, in 2018 financial offence court docket, in 2019 ED case and in 2020, CBI case. It’s purely politically motivated,” Shivakumar mentioned.
Talking to reporters right here after day-long CBI searches on properties linked to him, he mentioned he was able to cooperate with the investigating company as a regulation abiding citizen.
“That is purely politics since I raised numerous points on corruption in opposition to the state authorities and needed to carry an enormous agitation on the UP case (Hathras Gang Rape).
Additionally, as by-elections have come- they (BJP) don’t desire me, so they’re attempting to do their finest.
I want all of them the very best,” he mentioned, including that he would depart it to the voters.
CBI has mentioned that the searches at 14 areas, together with in Karnataka, Delhi and Mumbai on the premises linked to Shivakumar and others have led to restoration Rs 57 lakh money (approx) and a number of other incriminating paperwork, together with property paperwork, financial institution associated data, laptop laborious disk and so forth, and that the investigation is constant.
The CBI has registered a case in opposition to Shivakumar and his members of the family on the allegations of possession of disproportionate property value Rs 74.93 crore (approx).
It has registered a recent case in opposition to the Congress chief primarily based on a supply data from one other company.
The data pertains to property amassed throughout Shivakumar’s tenure as a minister in Karnataka, they mentioned.
Questioning Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa as to why an FIR was registered in opposition to him simply forward of the bypolls when permission was accorded for the CBI probe way back, Shivakumar mentioned, “jail, FIRs can not cow me down”.
In his 30 years of political life, as a seven time MLA, there have been no allegations of corruption or associated instances in opposition to him aside from ED and IT division, he claimed and mentioned “If I’ve dedicated any mistake, I am prepared to simply accept the punishment.”
Stating that he doesn’t need to communicate in regards to the wrongdoings of others and has all the mandatory paperwork, Shivakumar mentioned “when the time comes, I’ll talk about it.”
He mentioned the Chief Minister could also be below strain from somebody increased up and so gave permission for CBI to conduct an inquiry in opposition to him, regardless of the Advocate Common expressing reservations.
Shivakumar alleged that he, together with about 140 of his associates, had been repeatedly being harassed by the IT and ED.
“It’s your phantasm which you could cow me down by doing all this. Until such time the God whom I belief is with me,together with my individuals and leaders, D Ok Shivakumar is not going to bow right down to such conspiracies. It’s simply politics,” he added.
Rejecting CBI’s declare about restoration of Rs 57 lakh money throughout raid, Shivakumar mentioned that as per the panchnama given to him, Rs 1,77,00 was seized from his home, about Rs three lakh to 4 lakh from his workplace and about Rs 2-Three lakh from his Delhi home.
“Aside from that, nothing,” he mentioned.
“How will I do know if one thing has been recovered from homes not associated to me?.
I am answerable to what’s in my home,” he mentioned, additionally stating that he was an agriculturist by beginning, businessman by career, educationist by selection and politician by ardour.
Earlier than addressing the media, Shivakumar thanked supporters who had gathered close to his residence in his help and in protest in opposition to the CBI.
Locations searched embody properties of Shivakumar’s brother and MP from Bengaluru Rural, D Ok Suresh.
In accordance with sources, CBI sleuths reached their properties in Bengaluru and in addition at Doddalahalli in Kanakapura early this morning.
Suresh in a tweet mentioned they had been fully cooperating with CBI officers as he asserted that BJPs ‘hole threats’ wouldn’t shake them nor would they bow to strain ways.
Officers additionally visited Shivakumar’s property at Kodihalli in Ramanagara, the place his mom Gowramma resides.
Gowramma later instructed reporters that officers spoke to her and didn’t query or “hassle” her in any approach.
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.
Social gathering employees staged protests and demonstrations in entrance of Shivakumar’s residence and numerous locations in opposition to the CBI searches, calling the company as an “agent of BJP”.
Shivakumar was arrested on September 23 final yr by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) within the cash laundering case and lodged within the Tihar jail below judicial custody.
The Congress chief was launched from jail on October 23 after the Delhi Excessive Court docket granted him bail.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala termed it “raid raj” and a “Machiavellian transfer” by the BJP authorities “The insidious sport of intimidation & machinations of Modi-Yediyurappa duo being executed by a puppet CBI by raiding @DKShivakumar will not deter us.
CBI needs to be unearthing the layers of corruption in Yediyurappa Govt. However ‘Raid Raj’ is their solely ‘Machiavellian Transfer’!,” Surjewala mentioned on Twitter.
“Let Modi & Yediyurappa Govts & BJP’s frontal organisations i.e CBI-ED-Earnings Tax know that Congress employees & leaders is not going to be cowed down nor bow down earlier than such devious makes an attempt. Our resolve to battle for individuals & expose BJP’s maladministration solely turns into stronger,” he tweeted.
Congress Legislature Social gathering chief Siddaramaiah too in a tweet mentioned, “@BJP4India has at all times tried to take pleasure in vindictive politics & mislead public consideration.”
“The newest CBI raid on @KPCCPresident@DKShivakumar‘souse is one other try to derail our preparation for bypolls.
I strongly condemn this,” he tweeted.
Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan mentioned the CBI searches on properties linked to Shivakumar weren’t politically motivated and had nothing to do with the November Three bypolls to 2 meeting constituencies within the state.
The state BJP described as “ridiculous and meaningless”, protests by the Congress over CBI searches.
JD(S) chief and former Chief Minister D Ok Kumaraswamy mentioned he was not able to remark instantly as each political celebration would say it is politically-motivated.
“…if an elected consultant had carried out his or her job actually – there is no have to concern if we’re sincere. One needs to be able to face something,” he mentioned, including he nonetheless has some religion within the constitutional businesses.