Bengaluru: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday met D.K. Shivakumar, former Karnataka minister, in Tihar jail, dismissing rumours that the party has distanced itself from the Vokkaliga leader who was arrested on 3 September.
Shivakumar, one of the biggest troubleshooters for the party in Karnataka, is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and other investigative agencies for charges that include money laundering.
The meeting with Sonia Gandhi comes two days after former Karnataka chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy met Shivakumar in jail.
Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh had also met former finance minister P.Chidambaram in Tihar last month.
The enforcement directorate has so far questioned Shivakumar’s family members, including his brother D.K.Suresh, daughter Aishwarya in connection with the case that has turned into a political hot potato in Karnataka, with the Congress saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the centre is misusing investigating agencies to target the Opposition.
Around 30,000 people, mostly from the dominant Vokkaliga community, hit the streets in Bengaluru on 12 September to protest Shivakumar’s arrest.