In a major development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar and few others on the basis of an alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions case.
It is said that the ED has booked Shivakumar along with others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The agency is expected to summon the accused soon for recording their statements.
It is the Income Tax Department that had filed a charge sheet before a special court in Bengaluru.
The other accused are Sachin Narayan, Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah and N Rajendra, it said.
The IT department had alleged that all in all five accused conspired to evade tax.
Unaccounted cash of approximately Rs. 20 crore was found and seized during raids in New Delhi and Bengaluru last August which were directly relatable to Mr Shivakumar, it was said.
Mr Shivakumar has alleged that the IT department was targeting him and not letting him breathe but he would fight the case legally.
It need be mentioned that Congress leader DK Shivakumar was instrumental in ensuring the safe stay of Gujarat Congress legislators in a Karnataka resort during Rajya Sabha polls last year amid allegations that the BJP was trying to poach them.>