Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar is under investigation. Photo: Firsrpost

Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar was whisked away for questioning when Income Tax Department officials raided 39 premises, including the politician’s residence and a resort near Bangalore hosting 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs, on Wednesday morning, according to media reports.

About 120 Income Tax Department officials along with members of the Central Reserve Police Force conducted raids in Karnataka and Delhi, and officials said that Rs5 crore (US$8,000) in cash was found in the minister’s Delhi home. According to PTI, another Rs2.5 crore in cash was recovered during searches of various properties owned by the minister.

After six Congress lawmakers quit the party, the Congress rushed the lawmakers to the Eagleton Golf Resort, where Shivakumar was hosting his party’s MLAs until the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.