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“Not committed any rape”, says DK Shivakumar summoned by ED

New Delhi | The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Congress leader DK Shivakumar for questioning in a money laundering case.

DK Shivakumar said that he is being targeted.

“Please don’t take tension, I have not taken tension, there is no need to take tension. I have not committed any mistake. I have not committed any rape or taken money, there is nothing against me,” he told reporters in Bengaluru this morning.

The Enforcement Directorate registered a money-laundering case against DK Shivakumar and a few others in September last year for alleged tax evasion and illegal transactions worth approximately 7 crores.

DK Shivakumar’s counsel, BV Acharya, on Friday morning, moved the Karnataka High Court seeking interim protection for DK Shivakumar from the ED until he could appeal the High Court’s decision to dismiss his plea to quash the summons.

ED’s counsel requested the court to dismiss it.

“How can we proceed after dismissing the plea? Why can’t you place your request before the ED?” Justice Arvind Kumar questioned BV Acharya.

Shivakumar, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi and others have been named in the case.

“From the past two years, the entire property of my 84-year-old mother has been attached by various investigation authorities as benami property and I am the benami there. Our entire blood has already been sucked,” he told reporters.

The Congress leader is scheduled to fly out of Bengaluru at 1 pm to appear before the ED office in New Delhi.

“I have received a summons from ED late last night (Thursday) at 9.40 pm asking for me to appear at 1 pm in Delhi today (Friday). Although the sudden scheduling by ED is malafide, I believe in the rule of law and will definitely participate and fully cooperate with them and abide by the law of our country,” DK Shivakumar said on Twitter on Friday.

DK Shivakumar was instrumental in the negotiations for the Congress-JD(S) government fallout in Karnataka.

The case is related to unaccounted cash unearthed by the Income Tax Department during raids in properties owned by Shivakumar and his associates in August 2017.

More than Rs 7 crores were allegedly uncovered at his residence.

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