Money Laundering Case: Congress Leader DK Shivakumar Arrested by ED

Last evening, DK Shivakumar, Senior Karnataka Congress leader was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate with his supporters firstly trying to block officers from taking him away and later resorting to block traffic and vandalizing buses in protest. He was arrested after four days of questioning over money-laundering allegations. The Enforcement Directorate said on his arrest that Mr Shivakumar had been "uncooperative and evasive". He was taken to hospital for a check-up, where doctors said his sugar levels were fluctuating. He will be produced in court today.The arrest involves tax raids on Mr Shivakumar in 2017, when more than Rs. 300 crore in "undisclosed income" was allegedly found.The Income Tax department accused Mr Shivakumar and his aide of transporting huge amounts of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through ''hawala'' channels with the help of three other accused. This was the time the Congress leader had arranged the stay at a Bengaluru resort of Gujarat Congress MLAs being sequestered before a Rajya Sabha election in which the party's Ahmed Patel was facing a tough challenge from the BJP. Mr Shivakumar, tweeted shortly after his arrest: "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."

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