ED arrested karnataka leader DK Shivkumar, congress protests; Agency to present him in court today
The Enforcement Directorate has arrested Congress leader DK Shivakumar in an alleged money laundering case.
The former cabinet minister and sitting MLA from Kanakapura seat was arrested after he appeared before the central probe agency for questioning for the fourth time on Tuesday at its headquarters in Khan Market.
Sources in the investigating agency told that the former Karnataka minister was not cooperating with the investigation which led to his arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The arrest of Shivakumar is a huge setback for the Congress especially with the former finance minister P Chidambaram also in CBI custody.
The ED is expected to produce DK Shivakumar before the designated court at around 3 pm on Wednesday.
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar will spend his night inside the lock-up at Tughlak Road police station, New Delhi.
Sources say, as the ED doesn’t have its own lock-up, the Congress leader will have to spend the night in police lock-up.
After being arrested by the ED, the Congress troubleshooter was taken to the RML hospital for his medical check-up which is mandatory before producing before the court.
DK Shivakumar will be brought to ED Headquarter at Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market in New Delhi on Wednesday morning for further questioning.
On being asked on what prompted the arrested, a senior official of ED told ,DK Shivakumar was not cooperating with the investigation and at 8:38 pm, we placed him under arrest.
Hundreds of supporters of DK Shivakumar gathered outside the ED office at Lok Nayak Bhawan in Khan Market against the arrest made by the financial probe agency.
The protestors also made their way to the RML hospital.
Meanwhile, in Karnataka, Congress workers protested in several places — from the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Bengaluru’s Maurya Circle to Shivakumar’s constituency Ramangara.