Congress' Senior leader and Karnataka Minister, DK Shivakumar has been booked in money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Along with Shivakumar, several other lawmakers have also been booked by ED. The case has been filed for an alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions case, as per officials. Now, the ED will soon call the accused for recording statements, as per reports.
DK Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others are booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), said the agency. ED is expected to summon the accused soon for recording their statements.
ED has registered a case against Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar under Section 120 B. The case is based on Income Tax Department's raids and recovery of Rs 8 Crore cash in Delhi. The case was registered two weeks back.
The income tax department recovered more than eight crores of rupees from Shivakumar's Delhi's flats. "As per facts and analysis of evidence, it is clear that accused number 1 (Shivakumar) has set up an extensive network of persons and premises across Delhi and Bengaluru in order to transport and utilise unaccounted cash," the department had said.
The IT department has accused Shivakumar and SK Sharma of transporting huge amount of unrecorded cash on a regular basis through 'hawala' channels with help of three other accused. The IT department had alleged that all five accused conspired to evade tax.
"The analysis of evidences show that the Minister has set up an extensive network of persons and premises across Delhi and Bangalore in order to transport and utilise unaccounted cash," it alleged.
Meanwhile, Shivakumar has alleged that the IT department was targeting him and not letting him breathe but he would fight the case legally.