Bengaluru: Days after raids on shut associates of former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, Earnings Tax officers on Tuesday raided a picture and political consultancy agency in Bengaluru that counts Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar as a shopper.
The agency, DesignBoxed, has been dealing with Shivakumar’s technique and picture for the previous six months. It has additionally been concerned in Congress campaigns in Assam and Chhattisgarh.
Earnings Tax officers landed at DesignBoxed MD Naresh Arora’s room on the JW Marriott Resort and his workplace, situated near Shivakumar’s residence, within the metropolis. In accordance with sources, 10 tax officers searched the premises and seized computer systems, laborious discs and cellphones. Questioning of Arora, DesignBoxed co-founder Guljit, and its staff was additionally underway on Tuesday afternoon.
DesignBoxed was employed by Shivakumar to deal with Karnataka Congress publicity and technique in April. But it surely’s perceived aggressive type of functioning and a Shivakumar-centric marketing campaign led to murmurs of discontent amongst high get together leaders, together with former CM Siddaramaiah. Following resistance from get together members, Shivakumar employed the primary in a private capability, sources within the Karnataka Congress stated.
Terming the raids a “vendetta”, an in depth affiliate of Shivakumar advised News18, “The ruling BJP is scared that the Congress will come again to energy in Karnataka. They’ll’t struggle us politically. That’s why they’re resorting to soiled tips like this.”
When contacted, DK Shivakumar stated that he had no official affirmation on the raids and would remark after attending to know the information.