DK Shivakumar meets Mallikarjun Kharge in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 25: Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh met senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the national capital on Friday.

Shivakumar was granted bail by Delhi High Court on a bail bond of Rs 25 lakh plus two sureties. As per the court order, he cannot leave India without the court’s permission. The high court has also directed DK Shivakumar to join the investigation as and when required.

A Congress strongman in Karnataka, Shivakumar was instrumental in the smooth running of the Janata Dal-Secular and Congress coalition government that fell earlier this year following the resignation of rebel MLAs. Soon after, the BJP came to power in the state with BS Yediyurapaa as the chief minister.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday morning met Karnataka Shivakumar in Tihar jail and enquired about his welfare.

Shivakumar, 57, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on September 3 in a money laundering case. He is lodged in Tihar jail under judicial custody.

Shivakumar, a seven-time MLA in Karnataka, was booked along with Haumanthaiah — an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi — and others for alleged offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The case was based on a charge sheet filed by the Income Tax Department against them last year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of alleged tax evasion and “hawala” transactions worth crores or rupees.

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