IT raids political, targeted for working with Congress: Poll campaign firm

Bengaluru, Oct 16 (IANS): Hitting out at the Income Tax department, Naresh Arora, the Managing Director of a firm 'DesignBoxed', which was recently raided by the IT department in Bengaluru, said, "The raids were so obviously political and during the raid the IT sleuths found absolutely nothing."

"I want to place on record that the Income Tax raids on DesignBoxed as well as me and our associates found absolutely nothing with no unaccounted valuables of any kind, "he added.

"We are law-abiding citizens and proud taxpayers. The raids were so obviously political. They targeted me and my colleagues only because we have been working for the opposition and mainly the Congress party. Apart from trying to find anything remotely incriminatory against top Congress leaders, the raids were intended to intimidate a self-made professional and political campaign management firm so that we don't work for India's main opposition party, "he claimed.

Naresh Arora

It is unfortunate that even after being so powerful the ruling Karnataka government needs to intimidate those working with the opposition. "An outright abuse of tax agencies for political aim is not what democracies do. The harassment we have suffered is not ours alone; it is part of the process of stifling the opposition through state power, "he added.

Days after the raids on close aides of former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, IT raids were conducted on October 12 against the image and political consultancy firm 'DesignBoxed' in Bengaluru.

Sources said the agency handled the strategy and image of Karnataka Congress President D.K. Shivakumar and has been involved in campaigning for the Congress in Assam and Chhattisgarh. IT sleuths raided Naresh Arora's room at the J.W. Marriott Hotel and his office located close to Shivakumar's residence.







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  • Human being, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 17 2021

    Vinasha kale vipareeta buddhi

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  • RM, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    Sadly no one can reid political leaders. And sadly no political leader can stop the worse crimes happening around us.

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  • anthony, mangalore

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    The Country is painfully aware of how the Central Agencies are being misused to target opposition Leaders and Parties. This is the Ugly face of Modi's Maan Ki Baat and his innocent pretensions behind TV cameras in his repeated addresses to the Nation.Central Government Tax and Enforcement Agencies like Income Tax Dept and Enforcement Directorate have rarely raided BJP Leaders over the last six years. It will be nice to know through the media if any BJP leader has been issued any IT or ED Notice during the last six years. ED or IT departments would have known that large sums of money were transacted for luring of MLAs at the time of toppling of non-BJP governments but have turned a blind eye. It is as good as the BJP waging a Virtual War on its own citizens by misusing the Central Agencies.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    Why Modi is not disclosing PM CARES funds money transaction details foreign and domestic. Once the name PM and Funds is on any account it’s a public fund and needs auditing as PM is publicly elected member. Same with Ram temple construction fund. Same with Black money collected in 2016 during demonitisation. Same with Reserve Funds stolen by BJP govt from RBI. Same with all public assets and institutions are being sold to its capitalist friends and money pocketed. It’s a endless list of BJP’s corruption, money laundering and scams just starting to unravel but IT and audit govt agencies are made blind.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    Do whatever you want results will still be the same ...

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  • Ashok k naik, M-

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    yes , only BJP

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    Come Election 2023 then it is' ಸುಗ್ಗಿ ' ಟೈಮ್ for some 1 or 2 Gujri dealers, rag pickers here in this portal from Faringipete, Pee Pete, and Thokottu Thotte areas. Forget GST, main source of income is Hamaali serving people from Car Street and Bunder, and from ages. They the people from Car Street never incite, never pick fights with anybody, ignore some exceptions which rear their ugly heads to WHINE sometimes. It is OK. You can't expect all to be faithful all the times. Not these 1 or 2 exceptions here. Why Suggi Time? Wait for the lyrical, in due course.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    the carstreet senile mamu is saying why to worry if one has not evaded tax...the bandsaale konkanas never pay tax and never make any GST bill....'HELUVUDU SHASTRA IKKUVUDU GAALA' such hypocrites these chaddis and their supporters are....rules and regulations after the dadiwala has attained power is only for opposition parties...does this oldy say that only opposition party people have amaseed weath which is unaccounted for?

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  • Prakrithi, Mangalur

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    ಇದು ಸತ್ಯ ಮಾತು. ಸತ್ಯ ಹರಿಶ್ಚಂದ್ರ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಂಗೆ ಆಯ್ತ್ ರೀ ಕಣೋ

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    It's a open secret for all.

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    I remember what janardan reddy said about I.T. raid..

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    Everyone knows that these IT , ED and CBI are involved with BJP politics. When BJP is overthrown sometime in future these people will be hounded along with their masters and will spend their days in prison. You can fool some of the people sometime but you cannot fool all the people all the time. People in the west now pulling down and throwing away statues of all dictators and communal and racial activists and same thing wil happen here and historian’s will record the events. What a legacy to leave behind for these communal politicians.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    changu and mangu have brought down the dignity of indian politics to its lowest level since 2014.. vendetta politics and misuse of agencies it at its peak..but still some carstreet mamus are praising the duo..

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    Designboxed or whatever sign box, if you have not evaded tax, why fear? IT sleuths do not raid for the heck of it, please understand. Why as a private entity are you holding press conferences attributing motives to the raid?? It is an obvious give away to hit back or prompted by your political masters. Don't be a pawn.... As for your client Jun Jun Julia Julaab alias DKS, you know what his party seniors called him at a press conference. Collection Giraki... 12% walla something. It seems his boys ( buntas... ok)have amassed 100 crores according to them... So when you design box something for such fellas with nefarious designs you are bound to be on the IT radar ! Everyone will be ! Think at this rate Julia will surpass his High Command in assets... You see your Design Box is in shape Ok?

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    is a common man is not affected by the raids??, what do these tax evaders want to convey to the citizens??,

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Sat, Oct 16 2021

    to be read as "the common man is not affected by the raids"

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