A close aide of former Karnataka deputy chief minister, G Parameshwara, has committed suicide. His body was found hanging from a tree at the Bengaluru University campus. Ramesh’s death came a day after the Income Tax officials raided several locations of Parameshwara and recovered Rs 4.25 crore in cash from around 30 locations.
Reacting to Ramesh’s suicide, the Karnataka Congress held the Income Tax department responsible for his death. Its tweet read, “IT dept claims second victim in State after Siddharth. Harassment from @BJP4India controlled IT dept has claimed life of Ramesh. In its rush to pester opposition, they have surpassed all levels of Humanity & has repeatedly exceeded its mandate. This is condemnable & unheard of.”
In its subsequent tweet, the Karnataka unit of the Congress party alleged that the IT department was colluding with the ruling BJP in the state. It wrote, “The IT dept in cahoots with @BJP4India have one point agenda which is to target opposition leader & harass innocent people our profound Condolences to Ramesh’s family. Allegedly harassed & hounded to commit suicide by IT Dept which is unleashing a Tax terrorism on the common man.”
The IT dept in cahoots with @BJP4India have one point agenda which is to target opposition leader & harass innocent people
our profound Condolences to Ramesh’s family
Allegedly harassed & hounded to commit suicide by IT Dept which is unleashing a Tax terrorism on the common man https://t.co/Z6KvTsrBMA
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) October 12, 2019
KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “T raids have become politically motivated & in due course of their vindictive action they’ve claimed innocent lives. I castigate the barbaric heckling by IT officials which has resulted in Ramesh’s suicide. We demand a transparent & impartial enquiry by the govt.”
IT raids were conducted on suspicion that medical seats were being sold at the rate of Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 60 lakh for undeserving candidates at Siddhartha Medical College, run by a trust belonging to the former Karnataka deputy chief minister.