Shivakumar arrest ED seeks 14-day custody



Senior Karnataka Congress leader and the party troubleshooter DK Shivakumar, who was being investigated in a case of alleged money laundering, was arrested on Tuesday evening. The Enforcement Directorate, which was questioning him over the last four days, said he was not cooperating with the investigation and needs to be questioned while in custody.

Mr Shivakumar is spent the night at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where he was brought by the Enforcement Directorate for a medical check up. 

A day after arresting DK in a case of money laundering, the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday in a court in New Delhi sought 14-day police custody of the Karnataka Congress strongman. The central probe agency told the court that income tax investigation and statement of various witnesses have revealed “incriminating evidence” against Shivakumar.

Karnataka Congress has called for a statewide bandh after the arrest of senior Congress leader from Karnataka DK. Violent protests rocked parts of Karnataka after Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday. Shivakumar will be produced before a court on Wednesday in New Delhi. The Enforcement Directorate is likely to demand DK Shivakumar’s custody to quiz him regarding money laundering charges he faces. DK Shivakumar was arrested on Tuesday after several days of questioning by the ED.

The Congress has termed Shivakumar’s arrest as vendetta politics and accused the BJP of using the ED to intimidate the Opposition. Moments after the ED arrested DK Shivakumar, Congress workers started protests in various parts of Karnataka and even in New Delhi. After being arrested, DK Shivakumar was taken to Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where doctors tried to control his blood pressure and sugar levels.

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