Describing the Income Tax raids of JD(S) leaders as politically motivated, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday called for the replacement of the IT chief of the Karnataka-Goa circle.
Speaking to mediapersons on the outskirts of the city after a prolonged meeting with senior party leaders at the Infosys campus, Mr. Kumaraswamy alleged that the I-T raids were conducted based on a list produced by the State BJP leadership and dubbed the Enforcement Directorate as a handmaid of the BJP.
He said I-T raids across government offices at Kanakapura taluk office was a new development and that B.R. Balakrishna, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and Director General (I-T Investigations), Karnataka and Goa, was yet to issue clarifications.
But the same person hastened to give a clean chit to BJP State President B.S. Yeddyurappa stating that the diary detailing bribe to the tune of about ₹1800 crore was forged, said Mr. Kumaraswamy.
The State BJP leaders prepare a list of the Opposition leaders and forwarded it to their party president Amit Shah. who in turn submits the same to the I-T cell based on which the raids are conducted, alleged Mr. Kumaraswamy.
The Chief Minister called for the replacement of the Principal Chief Commissioner of I-T of Karnataka and Goa by an officer who was not prejudiced and biased.
Citing that only Opposition leaders were being selectively targeted, the Chief Minister questioned whether Mr. Yeddyurappa was clean. “ People know how much money was being spent in Shivamogga to seek votes,” he added.
They have ignored BJP bigwigs in Shivamogga but instead targeted a JDS worker named Paramesh who was running a kiosk, said Mr. Kumaraswamy.