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K’taka Minister DK Shivakumar Summoned By I-T Dept:- The Income Tax department has once again summoned Karnataka’s Energy Minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar, on Thursday.
To be recalled, the IT officials raided Shivakumar’s various properties for three consecutive days for his alleged connection in tax evasion, earlier this year in August. After the raids were conducted on his properties, the six-time MLA said, “I have not violated the law.” In the last two months, the minister has appeared in person multiple times before the officials.
After officials found the need to get clarification from D K Shivakumar, fresh summons was issued by the Income Tax department. Kumar was the man who singlehandedly took care of Congress MLAs from Gujarat when they were lodged at a resort in Bengaluru ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in the state.
The properties belonging to the minister, his family, and friends in various locations including Mysuru and New Delhi apart from Bengaluru were raided over a period of three days in August. Summons were issued to all his associates and select family members to appear before the IT officials.
The Income Tax department was acting on the behest of the union government to harass leaders of the opposition party, the Minister, who is backed by the Siddaramaiah government continued to allege. Moreover, he said that he has cooperated with the investigation and responded to all summons issued.
D K Shivakumar was made responsible for 40 Congress MLAs from Gujarat who had been flown down to Bengaluru to allegedly stop the BJP from poaching them ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. The exercise proved to be a huge success for the party with Ahmed Patel winning a Rajya Sabha seat along with BJP's Amit Shah and Smriti Irani.