Bengaluru: The Principal Chief Commissioner and Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Karnataka and Goa, B.R. Balakrishnan has requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to entrust the inquiry in the March 28 incident to an "external agency" outside Karnataka in which Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwar, former CM Siddaramaiah and other senior Congress and Janata Dal (S) leaders - Dinesh Gundu Rao, D.K. Shivakumar, Ramalinga Reddy, H.D. Revanna, C.S. Putturaju and S.R. Mahesh had "unlawfully" assembled at and around the headquarters of the Income Tax Department, protested and raised false slogans against the department to "intimidate" the officers, who were involved in the search operations against some "politically exposed" contractors, engineers and intermediaries.
City police have entrusted the inquiry into the incident to an officer of the rank of assistant commissioner of police.