Hubballi, May 15: A flying squad of income tax department sleuths raided a room at the Cotton County Club on Gokul Road here late on Monday night and allegedly seized 11 portraits of late minister CS Shivalli, 50 golden bowls, seven voter lists of Kundgol assembly constituency and some campaign material. Following the raid, Gokul Road police booked one local resident, Chandrashekhar Gokavi, under sections of the Representation of People Act, 1951 and 1988.
It is alleged that the items seized from the room at the star hotel were meant to influence voters in the Kundgol assembly bypoll.
I-T officials said all the rooms of the hotel were searched, but the materials were found in only one room. Taxmen also conducted raids on rooms of another star hotel here where, they said, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy was staying. HDK was campaigning for the Congress candidate from the Kundgol assembly seat when the raids were conducted. Sources said nothing noteworthy was found. I-T sleuths extended their searches to rooms where coalition ministers stayed but found only a few 'pieces of paper'.
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I-T sleuths raid rooms of HDK, Congress leaders