D.K. Shivakumar, Congress lawmaker from Kanakapura, had actually not expected his arrest on Monday early morning when he met a number of Congress workers and leaders before heading towards Lok Nayak Bhavan for questioning by Enforcement Directorate.
For almost an hour, he had met a large contingent from Mandya, Ramanagaram and Bengaluru at Karnataka Bhavan and had exuded self-confidence that authorities would not move to apprehend 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 fulfilled him.
” Mr. Shivakumar told us that he was confident of sailing through given that he had not done anything wrong,” Congress leader Muralidhar Halappa told The Hindu over phone from New Delhi. In reality, Mr. Shivakumar, having seen so many Congress employees and fans, had asked not to come to Delhi by spending money on travel, stated Mr. Halappa, who was amongst those to fulfill him in the morning. “Mr. Shivakumar explained the case of TMC leaders Mukul Roy that went slow after he joined the BJP,” he stated. Previous Ministers H.K. Patil, Shivashankar Reddy, MLC C.M. Lingappa, and previous MP LR. Shivarame Gowda were present in New Delhi.
For nearly two years, Mr. Shivakumar kept that the BJP had actually been utilizing central companies to pressurise him to quit the Congress in exchange for a beneficial investigation.
He had also expressed apprehension in the past that he might be jailed as part of political vendetta.
On Tuesday, prior to heading for questioning, Mr. Shivakumar had actually sought advice from previous Vice-President of Earnings Tax Appellate Tribunal R.P. Tolani about the case and sought his guidance. Incidentally, Mr. Shivakumar, who appeared mentally troubled on Monday, had shed tears at not having the ability to perform yearly routines connected to his father that the household observes on Ganesh Chaturthi.
On The Other Hand, as Mr. Shivakumar was being questioned inside, Congress employees waited with bated breath outside Lok Nayak Bhavan. Among those who waited anxiously was his bro and Kanakapura MP D.K. Suresh.
According to Mr. Halappa, numerous Congress workers from Maharashtra, Telangana and Gujarat had actually come to Lok Nayak Bhavan to reveal solidarity.
When he was being ushered into an automobile to be considered medical check up, Mr. Shivakumar informed the waiting media that he would face the obstacle. “I am not a coward. I will face this. This is political vendetta,” he said.