New Delhi, Sep 4 : On the arrest of Senior Karnataka Congress leader and the party troubleshooter DK Shivakumar, Mallikarjun Kharge said BJP government’s intention is to demoralise the party and to harass our leaders.
“They want to demoralise him & party workers. As per rules whenever Income Tax dept & ED called, he responded. He is cooperating. Is he absconding? Why are they doing this? Just to harass and mentally torture him. I condemn this,” Kharge said.
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar has been arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in New Delhi in connection with a money laundering case. The former cabinet minister and sitting MLA from Kanakapura seat appeared before the agency for the fourth time for questioning on Tuesday.
Shivakumar spent the night at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where he was brought by the Enforcement Directorate for a medical check up.
The agency will produce him in court on Wednesday to seek his custody.
The Congress said Shivakumar’s arrest was “vendetta politics” by the centre and an attempt “to distract the public from their failed policies & the sorry state of the economy”.
Soon after his arrest, a tweet from Mr Shivakumar’s account “congratulated” the BJP.
Shivakumar’s arrest follows that of his party colleague, former Union minister P Chidambaram, in a case involving media company INX Media.
“After days of interrogation, without allowing even a day’s break for the festival, ED now cites non-cooperation to arrest @DKShivakumar. The ruling govt is using investigation agencies to oppress those opposition leaders who they think are a threat to their interests,” Kumaraswamy’s tweet read.