Over a week after former Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi, the emerging details about the interrogation indicates further trouble for the Congress troubleshooter. Along with the custodial questioning of Shivakumar, his associates too have been summoned by the ED and quizzed on their role in the financial transactions which are currently under the scanner.
Republic TV has learned that two close associates of DK Shivakumar were summoned on two consecutive days by the ED officials and their responses, which have been recorded, have been found by the interrogaters to be contradicting with the documents.
On being grilled about the unaccounted amount of approximately Rs 8.5 crores found at four residences in Safdarjung Enclave, both the co-accused had claimed that the money belonged to them and had denied any role of DK Shivakumar is hoarding of money. The ED officials have reportedly produced documentary evidence to disprove the aforementioned claims.
The Enforcement Directorate has raided the residence of Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah who is a close associate of DK Shivakumar. It is also reported that the ED is questioning both Hanumanthaiah and Sunil Kumar Sharma, who is accused of his alleged role in helping Shivakumar transporting and routing the cash. The officials are grilling them on the money found in Shivakumar’s Delhi residence and both of them reportedly have adhered to their earlier statement given during the IT questioning over the same.
Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah, who is an employee of Karnataka Bhawan in Delhi, was reportedly in possession of the keys to the apartment and has been accused of assisting DK Shivakumar in the transport of illegal money through Hawala channel. While Sharma faces the similar charges, the ED officials also suspect that Sharma Transports owns the property in Safdarjung Enclave where the unaccounted money was reportedly found by the government officials during raids.
Early this morning, the ED officials reportedly visited the residence of Anjaneya to conduct searches and are scrutinising a few documents found there. While Anjaneya was not present at the time of the search, he cannot be arrested by the ED after he, along with Sunil Kumar Sharma and Sachin Narayan, had got relief from the Karnataka High Court which shields them from arrest until September 17.
Over the next few days, two more co-accused, Sachin Narayan and N Rajendra, are likely to be quizzed by the ED. Narayan is a business partner of DK Shivakumar and Rajendra is a former government employee who was working with Sharma Transports after his retirement.
In ED custody, Shivakumar had moved ED Special Court with the request for extension of meeting time with family, supply of essential things like paper, pen, and shaving kit. While the court refused to allow extension of meeting time from 30 minutes, other requests were granted. DK Shivakumar will be in the ED custody till September 13.