D.K. Shivakumar, Congress legislator from Kanakapura, had not anticipated his arrest on Monday early morning when he satisfied several Congress workers and leaders prior to heading towards Lok Nayak Bhavan for questioning by Enforcement Directorate.
For nearly an hour, he had actually satisfied a big contingent from Mandya, Ramanagaram and Bengaluru at Karnataka Bhavan and had exuded self-confidence that authorities would not move to arrest him. Neither did he expect his arrest by authorities late in the night after over 8 hours of questioning nor did Congress leaders who had actually met him.
” Mr. Shivakumar informed us that he was positive of cruising through considering that he had refrained from doing anything wrong,” Congress leader Muralidhar Halappa told The Hindu over phone from New Delhi. In reality, Mr. Shivakumar, having actually seen so numerous Congress employees and followers, had inquired not to come to Delhi by spending cash on travel, said Mr. Halappa, who was amongst those to satisfy him in the morning. “Mr. Shivakumar pointed out the case of TMC leaders Mukul Roy that went sluggish after he joined the BJP,” he stated. Former Ministers H.K. Patil, Shivashankar Reddy, MLC C.M. Lingappa, and previous MP LR. Shivarame Gowda were present in New Delhi.
For almost 2 years, Mr. Shivakumar preserved that the BJP had actually been utilizing main firms to pressurise him to quit the Congress in exchange for a favourable examination.
He had also expressed apprehension in the past that he may be arrested as part of political vendetta.
On Tuesday, prior to heading for questioning, Mr. Shivakumar had actually consulted former Vice-President of Earnings Tax Appellate Tribunal R.P. Tolani about the case and sought his recommendations. By The Way, Mr. Shivakumar, who appeared mentally bothered on Monday, had shed tears at not having the ability to perform yearly rituals connected to his father that the household observes on Ganesh Chaturthi.
On The Other Hand, as Mr. Shivakumar was being questioned inside, Congress workers waited with bated breath outside Lok Nayak Bhavan. Amongst those who waited anxiously was his sibling and Kanakapura MP D.K. Suresh.
According to Mr. Halappa, a number of Congress workers from Maharashtra, Telangana and Gujarat had arrived at Lok Nayak Bhavan to reveal solidarity.
When he was being ushered into a vehicle to be taken for medical check up, Mr. Shivakumar informed the waiting media that he would face the difficulty. “I am not a coward. I will face this. This is political vendetta,” he stated.