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 consumer.
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, positioned near Shivakumar’s residence, within the metropolis. Based on sources, 10 tax officers searched the premises and seized computer systems, laborious discs and cell phones. Questioning of Arora, DesignBoxed co-founder Guljit, and its workers was additionally underway on Tuesday afternoon.
DesignBoxed was employed by Shivakumar to deal with Karnataka Congress publicity and technique in April. Nevertheless it’s perceived aggressive type of functioning and a Shivakumar-centric marketing campaign led to murmurs of discontent amongst prime celebration leaders, together with former CM Siddaramaiah. Following resistance from celebration members, Shivakumar employed the primary in a private capability, sources within the Karnataka Congress mentioned.
Terming the raids a “vendetta”, a detailed affiliate of Shivakumar advised News18, “The ruling BJP is scared that the Congress will come back to power in Karnataka. They can’t fight us politically. That’s why they are resorting to dirty tricks like this.”
When contacted, DK Shivakumar mentioned that he had no official affirmation on the raids and would remark after attending to know the information.