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Published On: Mon, Sep 25th, 2017

Rs 650 Crore found in raids on SM Krishna’s son-in-law Siddhartha : IT Dept

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612115-ccdBANGALURU : he Income Tax (IT) Department which conducted raids at the properties belonging to former Union Minister SM Krishna’s son-in-law VG Siddhartha, has said that there has been an admission of nearly Rs 650 crore concealed income.
The raids on 25 properties connected to VG Siddhartha began on Thursday in Bengaluru, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Chennai and Mumbai. The IT department conducted raids over two days Siddhartha’s properties, who is also the chairman and managing director of the Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) group.

Mr Siddhartha is a coffee entrepreneur and is part-owner of the well-known chain of cafes, Cafe Coffee Day, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru.  A statement from the IT department said, “The searches in a group involved in coffee, tourism, information technology and other areas concluded with an admission of previously concealed income exceeding Rs. 650 crore. The detection of undisclosed income is expected to be a much higher figure.”
“There are a number of other issues including violations of other statutes on which there is no disclosure but relevant evidence has been found… these will be pursued effectively with vigour, energy and imagination,” it added.There has been no public response so far to the raids from Mr Siddhartha or Mr Krishna.
Mr Krishna recently joined the BJP. He was with the Congress for decades, during which he served as Karnataka chief minister and minister of External Affairs. He was also appointed Governor of Maharashtra. Earlier this year, raids on Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar, had led to the Congress claiming the BJP, which rules at the centre, was using the IT department for political vendetta.

The BJP in turn has claimed the raid on Mr Krishna’s family member actually proves that the central government is not interfering in any investigation by central agencies.( With Agency Inputs ).

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