Bengaluru: Cases have been filed against Karnataka ministers and ex-police commissioner for creating obstacles in I-T raids. The cases have been filed against former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah, former ministers G Parameshwara and DK Shivakumar, and ex-Bengaluru city police commissioner Suneel Kumar. The charges are under several Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Sedition charge.

Commercial Street police station has filed the case under several sections of the IPC including 217, 176, 121, 177, 506, 153A, 503, 414, 149, 143, 505(2), 124A, 353, 409, 350, 405, 417, 120(A), 416, 171C, 119, 141, 142 and 499.  A local court directed the Bengaluru police to file the FIR acting on a private complaint.

Mallikarjuna, a social activist from Tumkur had alleged that on March 27, the then chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had issued statements to the media that he had received information that I-T officials were preparing to raid houses belonging to some JD(S) leaders.

On March 28 they held a protest opposing the raids on JD(S) and Congress leaders. This amounts to obstructing I-T officials from discharging their duties and this also led to major traffic snarls in the area. The police who were present at the spot did not do anything to stop the protest, activists stated.

With ANI inputs