The senior Congress leader broke down after his request for a day’s time to celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi with his family in Bengaluru was rejected.

DK Shivakumar laments that ED did not let him offer prayers to his dad on Ganesha Chaturthi
news Income Tax Monday, September 02, 2019 - 12:55

Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials probing the alleged money laundering case against former Karnataka Water Resources and Power Minister DK Shivakumar are set to question him again on Monday in New Delhi.

The senior Congress leader, however, turned emotional after his request for a day’s time to celebrate Ganesh Chaturti with his family in Bengaluru was rejected.

"What makes me cry is that the BJP and ED officials did not allow me to offer prayers for my father. It is okay. I will offer my prayers from the ED office to my father and grandmother that their souls rest in peace," Shivakumar told reporters in New Delhi before leaving to appear before ED officials. He added that his family offers special prayers for his deceased father during Ganesh Chaturti. 

On Friday evening at around 6.30 pm, the Congress leader appeared before the ED for questioning. This was after the Karnataka High Court refused to grant him protection from the summons. Shivakumar was questioned by ED officials in New Delhi on Saturday as well. Monday is the third day of questioning by ED officials in connection with the cases against him.

The ED had issued a summons to the Congress leader to question him in a probe connected to a money laundering case of around Rs 7 crore.  The summons come a year after the ED booked Shivakumar and four of his business associates under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). 

Sources in the ED told TNM that Shivakumar was questioned over his links to Sunil Kumar Sharma, the proprietor of Sharma Travels, to Karnataka Bhavan employee Anjaneya Hanumantha and Sunil Kumar Sharma’s driver N Rajendra.


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