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After string of raids, Congress-JD(S) seek Karnataka top IT official's transfer


Bengaluru, Apr 15 (IANS): Karnataka's ruling Congress-Janata Dal-Secular alliance on Monday urged the Election Commission to transfer the state's Director General, Income Tax, B R Balakrishnan for "selectively" carrying tax raids on their leaders and contractors and traders close to them.

"In view of the partisan tax raids on our political leaders, their relatives, contractors and traders ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the state on April 18, Balakrishnan has to be transferred outside the state," the allies said in a joint letter to Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar.

Noting that ensuring free and fair elections on a level playing field for all parties was the poll panel's responsibility, the allies said the tax office was selectively raiding their candidates and associates in the state since March 28.

They said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and other leaders have protested against the raids at the tax office on March 28.

On April 13, the tax sleuths raided the premises of Congress candidates B N Chandrappa (Chitradurga), Prakash Hukkeri (Chikkodi) and Rizwan Arshad (Bangalore Central) though nothing incriminating was found from them.

"By selectively targeting our candidates, Balakrishnan is trying to show that only we are flush with funds and not any candidate of the BJP," said Congress state President Dinesh Gundu Rao in the letter.

The combine also said, in the letter, that though facts belie the fallacious assumption of the tax office, Balakrishnan's comment that the protest by the allies was similar to the tactics of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee, as per his March 30 letter to the CEO, was "disturbing".

"Political or loose comments on ministers and elected leaders makes Balakrishnan's continuation in the office untenable, as they reflect his hostility and vindictiveness against our coalition government in the state," they said in the letter.

The letter also referred to the arrest of a tax officer for allegedly taking Rs 14 lakh bribe from a builder in the city recently.

"The tax officer's arrest reveals that the IT department was blackmailing and harassing individuals, politicians, businessmen, traders and contractors," the ruling parties alleged.

Accusing the tax office of overlooking the omissions and commissions of the BJP leaders and candidates, the allies said Balakrishnan was misusing his office to target only Congress-JD(S) leaders, candidates and their associates.


Comment on this article

  • Fernandes, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Shame to you Balakrishna, unable to catch big fish like Jardhan Reddy for his lavish expenditure for his daughter's wedding. You don't have courage .

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  • Sampath, India

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Few who are not paying taxes are questioning IT raids...don't you see the huge amount was seized during raids?...why bring politics here?

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Question in different sections of the society is whether autonomous bodies are really autonomous or not?

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  • SD, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Looks Income Tax, Director General, B R Balakrishnan is a BJP in income Tax clothing.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    He's in only following orders from Chowkidar ...

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    If IT raid continues Kumar swami worried about that from where he can invest another 200crore
    Nikil yelidiyappa film.nannu iledenappa. Nimma maat tatana pranakinta hechu pretiso IT officer galinda tapisi kolutidenappa.
    Just a version of title dialogue.

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  • M.S.D, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Its Damn True that Mr.Balakrishna is not Honest and working for people of India.!!

    DisAgree [11] Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

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