yediyurappa s: Tax officials search house of former CM B S Yediyurappa’s aide in Bengaluru; 50 locations on radar | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Income tax sleuths on Thursday carried out searches in multiple locations across Karnataka in connection with tax evasion and amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income. The raids took place in over 50 places across Bengaluru, Bagalkot, Belagavi, Vijayapura and Davangere. A source said contractors in the irrigation department were the prime target of the coordinated searches, based on a piece of information obtained from an insider in the department.
In Bengaluru, the residence of Umesh Ayanur, who was personal assistant (PA) to B S Yediyurappa during his recent tenure as the chief minister, was searched by the I-T officials. Sleuths have reportedly recovered four bags of documents from Umesh’s residence, located near Bhashyam circle. Six other locations linked to Umesh’s relatives were also raided.
Umesh, who was once a BMTC crew member, joined Yediyurappa’s team after being referred by his partymen in Shivamogga. At that time, Yediyurappa was the opposition leader.
‘Umesh had links to water resources dept contractors’
Umesh’s house was reportedly searched after the I-T sleuths found that he had amassed wealth beyond his means. Umesh allegedly had close links to some contractors associated with the state water resources department, an I-T dept source said.
Yediyurappa said the raids were “not politically motivated” and he got to know about it “only through the media”. “Umesh had worked for me during my tenure as the CM. He was also working for CM Basavaraj Bommai. I am waiting for his (Umesh) reaction before making any statement,” the former CM said.
Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said he did not know anything about the searches. He said he would react only after obtaining proper information.
Residences and offices of some chartered accountants and industrialists located in Chamundeshwari Layout and Sahakarnagar were also raided. An I-T team searched contractor D R Uppar’s residence in Bagalkot city, 575km from Bengaluru. Raids were continuing in all locations when reports last came in.
The tax officers are reportedly looking into discrepancies in the major irrigation schemes in Cauvery and Krishna basins, implemented by the state water resources department over the last two years. These projects involve thousands of crores of rupees.
Towards the end of Yediyurappa’s tenure as CM, the opposition Congress had demanded a thorough inquiry into all irrigation contracts awarded during his regime.
Senior I-T officials remained tight-lipped and did not react to media queries.
Meanwhile, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy said, “The raids on Yediyurappa’s assistant suggest all is not well within the BJP. I would not like to comment on the raids per say, as it may be happening with certain information available with the I-T department ahead of the bypolls. But the raids on a person who was close to Yediyurappa’s son is quite evident that there is an internal crisis which may be coming to the fore.”
Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah commented: “The income tax department can raid anyone but why did they raid Yediyurappa’s close aide is something which only he can answer. You (media) should ask the former CM (Yediyurappa) why his aide was raided.”

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