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I-T, CRPF personnel carry out raids at Karnataka minister Puttaraju's house

'I'm not deterred by the raids, which are election-related. I would like to know which BJP leader's house in Karnataka has been raided,' Puttaraju, who is in-charge minister of Mandya district, said

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

C S Puttaraju
File photo of C S Puttaraju

In a pre-dawn swoop Thursday, Income Tax officials along with CRPF personnel carried out raids at the residences of Minor Irrigation C S and his nephew.

Speaking to a private news channel, JD(S) leader said three teams of Income Tax officials and (CRPF) personnel carried out raids at his Chinnakurli residence in and his nephew's house in Mysuru.

The development came a day after, H D Kumaraswamy raised fears about possible raids on and JD(S) functionaries in the state.

He had claimed that CRPF personnel were brought from various parts of the country to carry out the raids in the state.

Raids on and JD(S) leaders can take place early Thursday morning using CRPF jawans instead of taking the help of the Police in order to maintain secrecy, Kumaraswamy had claimed on Wednesday.

"Three teams of I-T officials and CRPF soldiers comprising eight soldiers carried out raids at my Chinnakurli residence in and my nephew's residence in Mysuru," told the channel.

The said he was not afraid of the raids and instead, it had instilled confidence in him.

"I'm not deterred by the raids, which are election-related. I would like to know which BJP leader's house in Karnataka has been raided," Puttaraju, who is in-charge minister of district, said.

The JD(S) has assigned him to oversee the electioneering of HD Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Kumaraswamy, who is fighting his maiden election from the Mandya Lok Sabha seat.

The had Wednesday warned that he would follow what his counterpart Mamata Banerjee did to counter the 'misuse' of central agencies.

Banerjee had staged a "Save the Constitution" dharna from February 3 to 5 in Kolkata after the CBI's failed bid to question in connection with chit fund cases.

Puttaraju said soon a meeting will be convened where mode of protest against these raids will be decided.

Sources in the said raids have been carried out at least 10 to 15 places in the city and elsewhere without giving details.

Income Tax officials were not available for comments.

First Published: Thu, March 28 2019. 08:30 IST
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