Senior Karnataka Congress leader and MLA DK Shivakumar who was being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate in a case of alleged money laundering, was arrested this evening.
The ED were questioning him for over four days said that Shivakumar was not cooperating with the investigation and needs to be questioned while in custody.
The agency will produce him in court on Wednesday to seek his custody.
Soon after being arrested DK Shivakumar tweeted, ” … The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated and I am a victim of BJP’s politics of vengeance and vendetta.. I have full faith in God & in our country’s Judiciary and am very confident that I will emerge victorious both legally and politically against this vendetta politics.”
Shivakumar’s arrest follows that of his party colleague, former Union minister P Chidambaram, in a case involving media company INX Media. The Central Bureau of Investigation, which made the arrest last month after a day of dramatic developments, contended that he was not cooperating with the investigation.
Meanwhile, the arrest gave ammunition to the Congress leaders and the opposition as a whole claiming “vendetta politics” by the BJP.
Former Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy tweeted, “After days of interrogation, without allowing even a day’s break for the festival, ED now cites non-cooperation to arrest @DKShivakumar. The ruling govt is using investigation agencies to oppress those opposition leaders who they think are a threat to their interests.”
Shivakumar was summoned to Delhi last week. The agency’s move came after the Karnataka High Court decided against the dismissal of the case and did not give him protection from arrest.
The Income Tax had conducted raids on Mr Shivakumar in August 2017. The Enforcement Directorate moved in soon after and filed the money laundering case in September last year, naming Mr Shivakumar, Hanumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others.
When guarding the Congress’s Gujarat flock of 43 lawmakers to check a rash of defections ahead of Rajya Sabha Election. The agency had picked him up from the resort for questioning, which went on overnight.
Source : Various