Bengaluru: Karnataka Minister for Water Resource and Medical Education D.K. Shivakumar yesterday declined to comment on allegations made against him that he had donated crores of rupees to the party seniors and had indulged in illegal Hawala business.
“I too have diaries and I will reveal the details in it at an appropriate time. I don’t want to react to the acts made with political vengeance. If anybody is under the notion that they can blackmail me by misusing official machinery, they are wrong,” Shivakumar added.
Shivakumar said the I-T officials were doing this under pressure. He said he feels sorry for the officials who were doing their job under pressure. “I think they would have looked at the larger angle and various Supreme Court judgments but still some of them love to see me harassed. I wish them luck,” he said.
We are legally with Shivakumar, says CM: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy told reporters that during such a situation, investigation officials should not yield to pressure while performing their duties. Asked if the government would back Shivakumar, he said, “If he is legally right, we are with him.”
On the BJP’s demand for his resignation, Kumaraswamy said, “Why should he resign? No such thing that warrants his resignation has happened. How many times have people from the BJP who faced raids resigned?”