Since demonetisation and the following IT raids, Karnataka is grabbing headlines in national media. After the currency ban, IT, ED, CBI and ACB sleuths raided houses of black money hoarders and confiscated crores of illegal and undeclared assets, and allegedly, most of the officers and businessmen caught during these raids were close to CM Siddaramaiah.

 

Now after the raids on officials and businessmen, the IT department is targeting the ministers and political leaders of the state. Recently, the IT sleuths raided the residences of sitting Small Scale Industries Minister and District in-charge of Belagavi, Ramesh L. Jarkiholi, and Karnataka State Mahila Congress president Laxmi R. Hebbalkar on Thursday. These raids continued for three days.

 

The sources from the IT department said that the officers have recovered illegal 12.8 KG gold, 41 crores in cash and 162 crores movable and immovable assets in houses of both the leaders. Apart from these, the IT sleuths also found that both the leaders have hoarded illegal properties under anonymous names and turned the black money into white by investing the money in the name of their supporters and family members.

 

Before raiding the house of Ramesh Jarkiholi, the IT sleuths conducted raids on the houses of his supporters on the previous day, i.e., on Wednesday, January 18, and found illegal properties in the house of Lakhan, brother of Ramesh Jarkiholi, HD Mulla and Attar, the supporters of the minister.

 

While IT officials were conducting the raids, both the leaders tried to create disturbance in the law and order situation in Belagavi. The brother of Lakshmi Hebbalkar attacked the house of Sanath Kumar, the informer, and threatened his wife.

 

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Responding to the raid, Ramesh Jarkiholi said that someone has filed a baseless complaint against him at the IT department due to personal rivalry. He told that he’s going to reveal the name of those who conspired against him in the near future.

 

Following the raids and the recovery of massive undeclared assets will Ramesh Jarkiholi resign from the government?

 

These developments have embarrassed the state government and Dr. G Parameshwara, President of KPCC has asked explanation from the minister. Sources say that Ramesh Jarkiholi has arrived at Bengaluru and he's going to have a discussion with CM and Dr. G Parameshwara regarding the raid.

 

G Parameshwara has also asked Lakshmi Hebbalkar to submit a detailed report about the raid.

 

The KPCC president is likely to report this to the party high command after discussing the matter with Ramesh Jarkiholi. The party high command will accordingly decide whether to accept resignation from Ramesh Jarkiholi or not.