The CBI quietly closed the multi-crore mining scam with an excuse that there was not sufficient proof. BJP leader Gali Janardhan Reddy, who was recently in the news for conducting a 500-crore wedding of his daughter was the prime accused in the case.
On the other hand, as Congress leader, Energy Minister DK Shivakumar gathered the Gujarat Congress MLAs in a Bengaluru resort, IT raids were conducted at his office and home. The searches had kicked up a political row with the ruling Congress alleging misuse of the I-T department by the central government to target its leaders.
As soon as the CBI closed the cases against Janardhan Reddy, the Congress government led by Siddaramaiah has decided to hand over the Belekeri mining scam case to the SIT.
This news was followed with another shocker for Minister DK Shivakumar, as he was issued another notice by the IT officials seeking the appearance of the Minister with his family members.
Shivakumar, his wife, mother and other family members have been summoned for questioning as part of a routine process following the searches, I-T department sources said.
Earlier, the I-T department on August 2 conducted searches at various properties linked to Shivakumar, who had hosted 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs at a resort on city outskirts to forestall alleged attempts by the BJP to poach them ahead of the then Rajya Sabha polls.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel was seeking re-election in the poll. He eventually won.
If the allegations are true, BJP is all set to give IT shocks to the Congress, whereas the latter has stated that former Lokayukta Justice Santhosh Hegde had provided ample documents and bills regarding irregularities in mining which had led to a 35,000 crore scam.
On the basis of these reports, the Karnataka especially wants to hand over the Belekeri Mining scam case to the SIT and ask them to have a fresh probe on the matter.
Sources also say that DK Shivakumar is an important source of finance and manpower which will help the Congress in the next elections. Whereas, Janardhan Reddy is allegedly seen as one of the important financial sources for the BJP.
By trying to put a dent in the financial transactions of these two leaders, both BJP and Congress are trying to harm the political chances of each other.
Only time can tell if BJP-influenced IT raids will put a bigger dent or Congress's SIT gives the expected results.