BENGALURU/NEW DELHI :
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday summoned the wife and mother of jailed senior Congress leader D. K. Shivakumar for questioning in a case related to money laundering. Senior officials confirmed that his wife Usha Shivakumar and mother Gowramma had been summoned to appear before the investigating agency in Delhi on 17 October.
Shivakumar, one of the tallest leaders of the Congress in Karnataka has been embroiled in the case after ED, in September last year, filed money laundering charges against the former Karnataka minister. The case was based on a charge sheet filed by the Income Tax (I-T) Department last year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of tax evasion and unaccounted transactions worth crores.
Shivakumar has been lodged in Tihar Jail since September.
So far, Shivakumar’s family members including his brother, D. K. Suresh, the Congress member of parliament from Bengaluru Rural and his 22-year-old daughter, Aishwarya, have been summoned for questioning. The ED has also questioned several other close aides of the leader.
The summons to Shivakumar come days after another prominent Congress leader in Karnataka, G. Parameshwara, who runs medical colleges in the state, came under the I-T department’s scanner.
The matter took a turn for the worse when Parameshwara’s manager Ramesh committed suicide, allegedly due to the harassment of I-T officials--a charge denied by the department.
The Congress is using the arrests of Shivakumar and former union finance minister, P. Chidambaram to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for misusing investigating agencies to target and silence political opposition.