Shivakumar sent to Tihar jail; K’taka Congress MLA appears before ED

Enforcement Directorate
Shivakumar was arrested on September 3 in a money laundering case. Photo: PTI

Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on September 3 in an alleged money laundering case was on Thursday (September 19) sent to Tihar jail after he was discharged from the RML Hospital.

The former minister was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days till October 1. However, he was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where he was treated for high BP and chest pain for the last two days after the court directed the ED to take him to the hospital.

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Earlier, Karnataka Congress MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar on Thursday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate here in connection with the money laundering case against her senior party colleague DK Shivakumar, officials said. They said the woman MLA, who represents Belagavi (Rural), arrived at the agency’s officer here in Khan Market around 11 am.

The investigating officer of the case is expected to record her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) even as she will be confronted with the statements made by Shivakumar and others, they said. Hebbalkar had earlier confirmed to PTI the receipt of the summons.

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The agency had earlier summoned his daughter Aishwarya in connection with the case and had recorded her statement. Three other alleged associates of Shivakumar have also been grilled by the ED. It had in September last year registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others.

The case was registered based on a charge sheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department against them last year before a special court here on charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.

(With inputs from agencies)

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