DK Shivakumar receives hero’s welcome in Bangalore after being granted bail

Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar received a big reception after he returned to Bangalore today after being granted bail in a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The ED arrested Shivakumar last month on allegations of money laundering and he has spent over four weeks in Delhi’s Tihar jail.

57-year-old Shivakumar is a key troubleshooter for the Congress party spent a couple of days in New Delhi meeting party leaders including party president Sonia Gandhi and the party’s state in charge, K C Venugopal before leaving for Bangalore .

Sonia Gandhi reportedly assured the Shivakumar that the party would do everything possible to help him overturn the “false case” foisted on him by the government.

There is a high possibility that Shivakumar’s stay outside jail maybe cut short because the Enforcement Directorate moved the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the Delhi High Court decision on granting him bail.

The Congress would be hoping for him to be given relief by the Supreme Court as the by-elections for the seats vacated by disqualified MLAs are scheduled for December 5.

Shivakumar was granted bail only after he gave a bond of Rs. 25 lakh plus two sureties. He was asked to not influence witnesses or leave the country without the court’s permission.