Mysuru, April 24:- Speculations were rife in the city that the Income Tax sleuths had raided the residence of PWD and District In-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa at Vijayanagar on Tuesday.
Various electronic media on Tuesday morning carried reports that the I-T Department had conducted a raid on Dr Mahadevappa’s Vijayanagar residence. However, it was later found that no such raid was conducted when Dr Mahadevappa denied the ‘alleged’ raid on his house.
TV reports had said that the I-T sleuths conducted raid on Dr Mahadevappa’s residence and it came incidentally a day after Dr Mahadevappa filed his nomination papers for T Narasipur Assembly Constituency.
Speaking to reporters, a furious Dr Mahadevappa replied that he had no information about any raids at his residence. He then left for T Narasipur to resume his poll campaigning.
When CityToday visited Dr Mahadevappa’s residence at Vijayanagar, it was found that there were no raids by the I-T department. Other than few Congress party workers and supporters of Dr Mahadevappa, there was no I-T officials present near his house.
Meanwhile, the IT Department officials have also clarified that raids were underway at properties belonging to contractors and no minister’s residence was raided on Tuesday.
I-T raid on contractors
However, the Income Tax Department conducted searches on a number of contractors in various places in the state in connection with a tax evasion probe. Raids were being conducted against 11 contractors in Mysuru and Bengaluru by the Investigation Wing of the department. It is said that these contractors are linked to public works jobs executed by them on government tenders.-(KK)