Kumaraswamy revealed impending raids, infringed his oath of office: I-T department

Bengaluru: The Income Tax department has lodged a complaint against Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, citing him of infringing his oath of office by revealing impending I-T raids and alerting financial offenders.

Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar has sent the complaint, filed by Director General of Investigation (Income Tax) BR Balakrishnan, to State Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelamani Raju for “suitable action”.

In two letters to the Chief Electoral Officer, the Karnataka Income Tax Department has also sought action against Kumaraswamy for holdin0g protests in front of I-T offices in the city, which the department has termed “intimidatory tactics”.

The I-T Department has also alleged that the Chief Minister “acted against national interest”.

The department lodged a complaint with the CEO seeking an FIR against Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. G Parameshwara and several other leaders of the coalition, including the Cabinet Minister, over the protest they held outside Income Tax offices on March 28.

The complaint seeks prosecution for several cognizable offences like unlawful assembly, criminal intimidation and obstructing a government servant from discharging his/her duties.

‘I am being targeted by I-T dept, EC’

Kumaraswamy has declared that he is being targeted by the Income Tax department as well as the Election Commission, with investigators regularly waylaying his vehicle to conduct searches.

He also alleged that attempts were made by Income Tax officials to raid his son Nikhil Gowda’s hotel room in Mandya. “Where are they going with all these raids? Why do they stoop so low in politics?” the Chief Minister asked.