Taxmen today raided Karnataka minister DK Shivkumar and searched 39 locations related to him after picking him up from a luxury resort in Bengaluru where he was staying with lawmakers flown by Congress from Gujarat to prevent a rash of defections.
Mr Shivakumar is the Energy Minister in the Siddaramaiah government.
Income Tax officials reportedly searched the minister’s home as well as rooms at the Eagleton Golf Resort where 42 Congress lawmakers have been staying since last week.
Mr Shivakumar was in-charge of the stay of the lawmakers, who were flown by the Congress to Bengaluru late on Friday night amid defections in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha election and the state polls later this year.
The Congress has alleged that its lawmakers in Gujarat were being intimidated and also were being offered Rs 15 crore in return for support to the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday.