Hours after Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said he had information that the Income Tax department was set to conduct searches on leaders of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance, minor irrigation minister CS Puttaraju confirmed that the raids had begun at his residences from the early hours of today.
Puttaraju said his family home in Mandya district had been raided and that there were similar searches that were being conducted in Mysuru and elsewhere. “My house in Chinakurali village has been raided, mine is a joint family so it is a raid on me,” he said.
Kumaraswamy took to Twitter to hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he is playing a
I-T sleuths who came in several vehicles during the pre-dawn hours knocked on Puttaraju’s houses at his native Chinukarali in Pandavapura taluk and also in Pandavapura town. The house of his nephew Ashok, a Class One contractor at Vijayanagar in Mysuru city, was raided too.
The house of a businessman, who runs a popcorn business, were also raided late last night in Bengaluru and as per sources, these raids will continue.
The raids sparked protests by Puttaraju’s followers who had gathered at Chinakurali. Speaking to media, a peeved Puttaraju said the raids were politically targeting JDS leaders. He also blamed independent candidate from Mandya LS seat Sumalatha Ambareesh.
Puttaraju is in the coterie of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and he is also handling the campaign of the latter’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy who is contesting LS polls from Mandya as JD(S)-Congress’ consensus candidate.