Bengaluru/New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday summoned Aishwarya, the 22-year-old daughter of senior Congress leader and former Karnataka minister, D.K. Shivakumar to depose before the agency on Thursday in Delhi.
The summons to Shivakumar’s daughter comes at a time when the Congress is threatening to intensify protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for allegedly targeting political rivals by misusing investigative agencies.
Aishwarya, who is one of the trustees at Shivakumar-owned, Global Academy of Technology, has been asked to report before ED on 12 September in Delhi.
The developments come a day before members of the dominant Vokkaliga community have announced to carry out protests in Bengaluru against the arrest of its leader.
News agency IANS quoted a senior ED official saying that Aishwarya will be questioned on the money laundering case.
"To get the details of the functioning of the trust and its financial transactions, we have summoned Aishwarya for questioning," IANS quoted the ED official.
The summons to Aishwarya are likely to fuel the anger of her father's supporters who had pelted stones and burnt buses earlier this month when he was arrested.
The Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S), the estranged coalition partner of the Congress, was quick to react to the summons, even before Shivakumar’s own party did.
“Investigating agencies either Central or State should not be the puppet of Govt. Arresting of DKS and tormenting his family is being made out of political vengeance. We are supporting tomorrow's protest in Bangalore in favour of DKS condemning politically motivated ED," Ramesh Babu, the national spokesperson for the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) posted on Twitter.
Though relations soured between the two traditional rivals, Shivakumar had set aside his personal differences with JD(S) leaders like H.D. Deve Gowda and H.D. Kumaraswamy, which increased the rift between him and some prominent leaders within his own party including Siddaramaiah.
“I appeal to my party cadre, supporters and well-wishers to not be disheartened as I have done nothing illegal. I have full faith in God & in our country's Judiciary and am very confident that I will emerge victorious both legally and politically against this vendetta politics," Shivakumar’s office tweeted from the legislator’s official handle.
“I wholeheartedly thank leaders, supporters, well-wishers and friends who have organised a massive protest in my support tomorrow in Bengaluru. I humbly request that the protest be peaceful & doesn't cause any inconvenience to citizens. Please ensure public property isn't harmed," he said in another tweet.