New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).Also Read - Amarinder Calls Sidhu 'Dangerous Man', Says Will Fight Toe And Nail To Stop Him From Becoming Party's Face
The investigating agency, which had been questioning him for the past four days, is believed to have said that Shivakumar was not cooperating in the interrogation. Also Read - Mayawati Says 'Poll Gimmick' as Charanjit Singh Channi Takes Oath as Punjab's First Dalit Sikh CM
Following his arrest, his supporters gathered outside the ED office in large numbers and created a ruckus. Also Read - After Punjab, All Eyes on Rajasthan And Chhattigarh Leadership
Shivakumar has 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 B.S. Yediyurappa of indulging in vindictive politics by targeting him and other state opposition leaders.