ED arrests Congress leader DK Shivakumar in alleged money laundering case

Congress leader DK Shivakumar’s arrest sparks a wave of protest in Bengaluru

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday arrested Congress leader DK Shivakumar in an alleged money laundering case.

After four-day-long interrogation in New Delhi, the central agency arrested him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Besides, the Karnataka high court on Thursday dismissed Shivakumar’s petition challenging the summons issued to him in the money-laundering case.

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“We strongly condemn the high-handed tactics & vendetta politics being deployed against Congress leaders. The arrest of Shri DK Shivakumar is yet another attempt by the govt to distract the public from their failed policies & the sorry state of the economy. #BJPVendettaPolitics,” Congress tweeted after his arrest.

The ED had in September last year registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others.

It was based on a charge sheet filed by the Income-Tax Department against Shivakumar last year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.

The I-T department has accused Shivakumar and his associate SK Sharma of transporting a huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through ‘hawala’ channels with the help of three other accused.

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