MLA and former minister Satish Jarkiholi rubbished the rumours of having any involvement in the recently conducted IT raid on the residence of his brother and small-scale industries minister Ramesh L Jarkiholi in Belagavi.
“IT officials, who conducted the raid, have clearly said that the raid was conducted under no one’s directive,” he told media persons in the city on Friday. Satish declined to comment that the raids on the residences of Ramesh and state Congress women’s wing president Laxmi Hebbalkar were “politically motivated,” saying “everything would be crystal clear in a few days.”
It may be mentioned that separate teams from investigation branch of IT department launched simultaneous raids on the residence Ramesh and Hebbalkar on January 19, detecting undisclosed assets worth over Rs 162 crore and seized Rs 41 lakh cash, besides over a dozen kg in gold and jewellery during searches.
Rumours were flying thick and fast that differences between the two brothers over the ministership had led Satish Jarkiholi to approach IT department. However, Satish denied having any differences with his brother, saying he himself wanted Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to relieve him off the ministership after completing one year.
“I had requested CM to relieve me off the ministership after completing one year. I, however, was relieved only after two years. I have no aspiration to become minister again,” he said.
Responding to another rumour that he was pondering over joining the JD(S), Satish said that he would never disassociate himself from the party and would continue to work under the leadership of Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Dr G Parmeshwar.
He further said that he would campaign for the party in Gundlupet and Najangudu in the upcoming by-elections.