D K Shivakumar accused of using hawala
Karnataka minister D K Shivakumar paid unaccounted money to the All India Congress Committee, the Income Tax Department has claimed in a complaint filed before the Special Court for Economic Offences in Bengaluru.
The cash payments were made personally by V Mulgund to the AICC, the department alleged.
‘Rs 3 crore were personally delivered by Mulgund to AICC office on January 1, 2017. On January 9, another Rs 2 crore was delivered. These unaccounted monies were delivered on the direction of Shivakumar and Sunil Kumar Sharma, another accused,’ it said.
In the complaint, a copy of which is available with PTI, the I-T department has accused Shivakumar and Sharma of transporting huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through ‘hawala‘ channels with help of three other accused.
‘As per the facts and analysis of the evidences, it is clear that accused number 1 (Shivakumar) has set up an extensive network of persons and premises across Delhi and Bangalore in order to transport and utilise unaccounted cash,’ the department said.
Other accused are Sachin Narayan, Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah and N Rajendra, it said.
According to the I-T department, Narayan is a business partner of Shivakumar and Sharma is the proprietor of Sharma Transports, which runs a fleet of luxury and passenger buses and provides transport services to various concerns and individuals on rental basis.
Haumanthaiah is an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, allegedly responsible for storing and handling unaccounted cash of Shivakumar in Delhi, it said in the complaint.
Rajendra is a caretaker of Karnataka Bhavan and works for Sharma, besides looking after immovable properties of Shivakumar and Sharma, it said.
The I-T department alleged that all five accused conspired to evade tax.
‘The analysis of evidences shows that the minister has set up an extensive network of persons and premises across Delhi and Bangalore in order to transport and utilise unaccounted cash,’ it said.
He was involved in organised tax evasion as part of conspiracy by engaging others, the department said.