Raids Conducted in Two Hotels occupied by Cong, JDS leaders

Vastavam web: An election commission squad, along with income tax and enforcement directorate sleuths, Tuesday carried out searches in two hotels at Hubballi where State minister D K Shivakumar and some Congress and JD(S) leaders were staying.

The sleuths seized from the rooms in the hotels gold utensils and other materials allegedly meant for bribing voters. The raids were carried out in connection with the bypoll in Kundgol seat which fell vacant following the death of sitting MLA C S Shivalli a few months ago. According to government sources, the squad carried out searches at the two hotels.

The raids were meant to curb election related malpractices, government sources said. The team seized gold utensils, party caps and photograph of former MLA of Kundgol C S Shivalli, whose widow Kusumavathi is contesting election, from a room where congress worker Shivakumar Chandrashekhar Gokavi was staying, government sources said.