While the opposition parties are accusing Narendra Modi government of using agencies like Income Tax and ED to conduct raids on the premises of their leaders during elections with a political vendetta, the Income Tax officials seized Rs 80.7 lakh and 560 grams of gold ornaments during their raid on three BJP leaders’ houses in Sirsi and Siddapur towns of Uttara Kannada in Karnataka.
About 12 officials from Hubballi and Goa Income Tax department conducted raids on houses of Krishna R Devadiga, R G Hegde and K G Naik simultaneously in Sirsi and Siddapur and returned after a four-hour search.
IRS officer Sourabh Nayak said today that they have seized Rs 80.7 lakh cash and gold worth Rs 6.5 lakh from the three leaders. The enquiry has continued over the seizure. The three BJP leaders are close associates of Union minister and Uttara Kannada constituency BJP candidate Anantkumar Hegde.
When the officials raided and checked Devadiga’s car, they found envelopes containing Rs 5000 each which was meant for distribution at booth levels. Cash worth Rs 9.2 lakh was seized from his car. Rs 71 lakh cash was seized from the residence of R V Hegde which was reportedly kept for distribution to voters in the district.