New Delhi: Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who was on Tuesday arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), took to Twitter to congratulate the BJP for finally being successful in their mission to get him arrested.Also Read - 'Thappad se Darr Nahi Lagta', Uddhav Thackeray on BJP MLC’s Remark Against Shiv Sena Bhavan
In a series of tweets, Shivakumar said that the IT and ED cases against him were politically motivated and that he is a victim of BJP’s politics of vengeance and vendetta. Also Read - Babul Supriyo Says Won't Join Any Party After Exit From BJP; Edits it Out Later
Following his arrest, Shivakumar’s supporters gathered outside the ED office in large numbers and created a huge ruckus. In a tweet, he told his followers not to be disheartened and that he will emerge victorious. Also Read - Babul Supriyo Quits Politics With 'Alvida' to Focus on Social Work
The ED had been questioning him for the past four days, and an official said that the Congress leader was evasive and non-cooperative throughout the investigation and would not reveal about the source of the money recovered from his residence in Delhi and premises in Bengaluru in 2017 by the Income Tax Department.
Shivakumar had been on the radar of the Income Tax Department and the ED since demonetisation in 2016. An Income Tax raid at his New Delhi flat on August 2, 2017, led to the seizure of unaccounted cash worth Rs 8.59 crore.
Thereafter, the Income Tax Department lodged cases against the Congress leader and his four other associates under Sections 277 and 278 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and Sections 120(B), 193 and 199 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Based on the I-T Department chargesheet, the ED registered a money laundering case against Shivakumar. Shivakumar has accused Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa of indulging in vindictive politics by targeting him and other state opposition leaders.