After arresting Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, his family has now come on the radar of the Enforcement Directorate. The central probe agency has served a notice to his daughter in connection with the money laundering case against him. The notice to his daughter was sent days after his arrest by the enforcement directorate.
Shivakumar had termed his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate on charges of money laundering “politically motivated” and said that he is a victim of BJP's politics of vengeance and vendetta.
“I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me. The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated and I am a victim of BJP's politics of vengeance and vendetta,” Shivakumar wrote on Twitter.
After his arrest, he was later sent to a 9-day ED custody in connection with a money laundering case that surfaced following an ITD raid in 2017. Shivakumar, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday night, will be under custodial interrogation till September 13, Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said.
Kuhar passed the order after the ED sought a 14-day custodial interrogation of Shivakumar, claiming that he was evasive and non-cooperative in the probe and there was "phenomenal growth" in his income while he was in important position. Also, it is needed to ascertain the source of unaccounted cash seized by IT-Dept in 2017 and unearth the modus operandi, the ED informed the court.
Opposing ED's plea for custodial interrogation, Shivakumar's counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the agency's submission was without "application of mind" as the Congress leader has already been quizzed for 33 hours and he was not a flight risk. Unless ED shows that something startling and new has happened, Shivakumar cannot be sent to its custody as he never absconded, Singhvi argued.
The I-T department has accused Shivakumar and his alleged associate SK Sharma of transporting huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through 'hawala' channels with the help of three other accused.