Amidst the ongoing Income Tax (I-T) raids at the premises of Power Minister DK Shivkumar in Bengaluru, an issue which has also been raised by the opposition in the Parliament, the state’s Additional Chief Secretary has written to the Revenue Secretary and questioned the use of CRPF personnel during the raids.
Karnataka’s additional chief secretary in his letter to the Revenue Secretary said that the I-T department search teams have been accompanied by the CRPF personnel despite the fact that the maintenance of the Law and Order security situation is of the state police. The I-T department did not seek the assistance in advance from the local police or any other senior police authority about these operations.
“In the past also, I-T searches in the state have been conducted without police protection but never with the support of central agency such as CRPF,” Additional Chief Secretary said in the letter.
“While the search of the department is well within the domain, the conduct of the I-T searches while utilising the services of CRPF cast an aspersion on the professionalism, credibility and integrity of the state police.”
“It may also be pointed out that the deployment of the CRPF in full operational force conveys a wrong impression in regard to the necessity of such a scale deployment here,” Additional Chief Secretary added.
It has been also said in the letter that Government of Karnataka wishes to convey strong protest in this regard and it is requested that established conventions of cooperative actions between agencies and Centre should not be bypassed.
Earlier in the day, the I-T department while continuing its operations today conducted raids on DK Shivkumar’s premises, his relatives and friends.
On Wednesday, the I-T officials raided DK Shivakumar’s residences and a private resort outside Bengaluru where 44 Gujarat Congress legislators are housed and seized around Rs 10 crore in cash.