The I-T Department’s use of central forces (CRPF) during raids conducted at premises linked to Karnataka Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar has not gone down well with the Karnataka state government. The state government in Karnataka has expressed its strong protest against the use of central forces in search and seizure operations conducted at properties of minister Shivakumar. Expressing the strong protest, Karnataka’s Additional Chief Secretary to Home Department Subhash Chandra wrote a letter to Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia. In the letter, it has been mentioned that use of central forces such as CRPF is against the “established conventions of cooperative action between agencies of the Central and State government.” The letter says that this is applicable in all matters where both the state and center share an equal responsibility.
Chandra also said that people in Karnataka are not at all happy and already protests have taken place. He said that the matter could have escalated and created law and order problem for the state government. It may be recalled that earlier, even the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah had protested against the involvement of CRPF, terming it as politically motivated. However, the I-T Department said that it has the freedom to choose any security service. “There is no rule that only local police have to be roped in. The CRPF has been used earlier as well,” an I-T official said.