Case filed against former Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah for opposing I-T raids

South India

BENGALURU: The Bangalore Police has lodged an FIR against former Karnataka chief ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy, under several Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Sedition charge, for allegedly obstructing I-T officials from discharging their duties.

Acting on a private complaint, a local court also directed the Commercial Street police to file an FIR against former ministers G Parmeshwara, D K Shivakumar, Sa Ra Mahesh, DC Thammanna and senior police officials including former Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Suneel Kumar under 20 sections of the IPC.
Commercial Street police station has filed the case under several Sections of the IPC including 217, 176, 121, 177, 506, 153A, 503, 414, 149, 143, 505(2), 124A, 353, 409, 350, 405, 417, 120(A), 416, 171C, 119, 141, 142 and 499.
The charges have been slapped against the leaders in connection with their statements against the Income Tax Department on March 27 and the protest in front of the I-T office in Bengaluru on March 28 opposing the raids on JDS and Congress leaders.
The complaint was filed before the court by a person, identified as Mallikarjuna- a social activist from Tumkur. 
He alleged that on March 27, the then chief minister Kumaraswamy had issued statements to the media that he had received information that I-T officials were preparing to raid houses belonging to some JD(S) leaders even before the taxmen could conduct the raids. The next day, there were I-T raids on JDS and Congress leaders.
On March 28, JDS and Congress leaders staged a protest in front of the I-T office near Queen’s Circle, violating the model code of conduct.
Kumaraswamy, joined by his deputy Parameshwara, former chief minister Siddaramaiah, ministers in the coalition government, MPs and other legislators of then ruling parties.
In his complaint, he also stated that the leaders raised slogans against I-T officials saying they were "BJP agents". This amounts to obstructing I-T officials from discharging their duties.
The activist also stated that the police who were present at the spot did not do anything to stop the protest and this also led to major traffic snarls in the area.

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