Karnataka ministers and senior officials became panic when the Income-Tax department officials conducted raids on the home and office of Chartered Accountant HB Sunil in Kumara Park (West). As he is said to be close to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and maintains Chief Minister’s accounts and also monitor financial tansactions, they became panic that any clue may leads probe towards them.
This is the second time in three months that Sunil’s office and home is being searched by the income-tax department. He was last raided by in May, during the Assembly elections. Meanwhile, IT officials continued multiple raids across the Bengaluru city on a real estate firm which is having close links with a senior minister in Kumaraswamy cabinet.
Sunil is a trusted aide of Kumaraswamy and other members of his family. All personal investments and business investments of the Chief Minister, those of his wife Anitha Kumaraswamy and son Nikhil are handled by Sunil. He is even said to have handled the JD(S) party fund mobilised by Kumaraswamy during the Assembly polls.
After knowing about these IT raids, several ministers were said to be contacted Chief Minister seeking more details. According to police sources, Sunil and one of the Chief Minister’s assistants were under the I-T radar for some time. Even they were warned to be cautious.