CBI books Karnataka PCC president DK Shivkumar, brother Suresh in DA case; recovers Rs 50 lakh cash during raids

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The agency carried out searches at 14 locations including in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru linked to Shivkumar and his brother DK Suresh

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday booked Karnataka PCC president and former state minister DK Shivkumar on charges of amassing disproportionate assets.  

Earlier in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) carried out searches at 14 locations including in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru linked to Shivkumar and his brother DK Suresh. The agency recovered about Rs 50 lakhs cash during searches.

The CBI registered a case against Shivkumar, who was the energy minister in the previous Congress-led government in Karnataka, and others on the allegations of acquisition of Disproportionate Assets.  

"The CBI has registered a case against the then minister of the Karnataka government and others on the allegations of acquisition of disproportionate assets. Searches are being conducted today at 14 locations including nine in Karnataka, four in Delhi, one in Mumbai," the CBI said in a statement.

The Enforcement Directorate had arrested the senior Congress leader in September last year after four days of questioning over money-laundering allegations.

The arrest was in connection with the income tax raids on him in 2017 and the alleged finding of Rs 8.6 crore undisclosed income.

The Enforcement Directorate had filed a money laundering case against Shivakumar in 2018, based on a chargesheet filed by the Income Tax Department.

The Congress strongly opposed the CBI raids on Shivkumar and alleged that the Centre was using various agencies to target the Opposition party.

The state unit of the Congress was planning to hold a preparatory meeting for forthcoming Assembly byelections in Sira and RR Nagar at Shivakumar’s house in Bengaluru, when the CBI carried out raids.

Congress leaders including former chief minister Siddaramaiah and state-incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala condemned the CBI action.

Surjewala, in a tweet, termed CBI, ED and Income Tax Department as frontal agencies of the BJP government at the Centre.

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