Bengaluru: 1000’s of individuals belonging to the Vokkaliga group took out a protest rally right here on Wednesday towards the arrest of senior Congress chief DK Shivakumar and to specific solidarity with him as the difficulty appeared to take a caste color.
The protesters poured into the town from totally different components of the State, significantly the Vokkaliga stronghold of Outdated Mysuru area, in respose to “Raj Bhavan Chalo” name given by varied outfits of the group. Vokkaliga and Lingayat are the 2 dominant communities of Karnataka.
Shivakumar, an influential Congress chief of Karnataka and a former minister, was arrested on September three by the Enforcement Directorate in a case of alleged cash laundering and has been within the custody of the company since then. The protest march from Nationwide Faculty grounds to Freedom Park after which to the Raj Bhavan was backed by the opposition Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S).
Holding placards, banners and posters of Shivakumar, the rallyists raised anti-BJP slogans. 1000’s of policemen had been deployed all alongside the route to make sure regulation and order. Anticipating an enormous turnout, police had diverted visitors which was nonetheless thrown out of drugs resulting in snarls in components of the town.
The ED has summoned Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya in reference to its probe towards the previous Minister. She has been requested to depose earlier than the investigating officer of the case on September 12.
It’s anticipated that her assertion could be recorded underneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act and questioned over facets together with Shivakumar’s journey to Singapore in 2017 vis-a-vis cash laundering allegations.
The ED had in September final 12 months registered a cash laundering case towards Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an worker at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others. This legal case was based mostly on an Revenue-tax division cost sheet filed towards Shivakumar and others earlier than a court docket in Bengaluru for alleged tax evasion and hawala dealings.
Accusing the BJP authorities of indulging in “vendetta politics”, Shivakumar had on Tuesday exuded confidence that he’ll emerge “victorious” each legally and politically. He additionally thanked occasion leaders and supporters for standing behind him and urged them to carry a peaceable protest right here on Wednesday and never trigger any inconvenience to frequent folks.
“I want to reiterate that I’ve finished nothing flawed & am a goal of vendetta politics. With the assist and blessings that I’m receiving from all of you, and my perception in God and our judiciary, I’ve full religion that I’ll emerge victorious each legally and politically (sic),” a tweet from Shivakumar’s Twitter deal with learn.
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