New Delhi: DK Shivakumar, a senior Congress leader and a party troubleshooter in Karnataka, has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate. The ED has arrested him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Sivakumar was a cabinet minister in the previous Congress government in the state. Shivkumar reached ED headquarters yesterday for the fourth time for questioning. Agency officials said they needed to be interrogated for custody, so arrested.
His supporters made a ruckus outside the ED office while taking Shivakumar for medical examination after his arrest late last night. The ED will present him in court on Wednesday and seek custody for questioning. Meanwhile, Sivakumar has called it a political vendetta. At the same time, Congress has also come out in his support. Significantly, in September last year, ED had filed a case under the Money Laundering Act against Shivkumar and some others including Hanumanthaiah, an employee of the Karnataka building in Delhi.
The case was registered by the Income Tax Department last year on the basis of the charge sheet filed against Shivkumar in a special court in Bangalore. It was accused of tax evasion of crores and hawala transactions. Last week itself, the Karnataka High Court dismissed Shivakumar's petition challenging ED summons. He then had to appear before the investigating agency. Please tell that Shivkumar was one of the important craftsmen of the previous Congress-JDS government. He has drawn the party from a serious crisis on several occasions.