On Thursday, the daughter of Senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, Aisshwarya, reached the office of the Enforcement Directorate. She is being questioned on her Singapore visit which she made with her father in July 2017. Even though, during his questioning, Shivakumar had claimed that it was a ‘business deal’, ED maintains that their trip is now under the scanner.
As per sources, during the questioning, the ED is expected to record Aisshwarya’s statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). She is also expected to be confronted with documents and statements made by Shivakumar with regard to the Singapore trip. Earlier, Sachin Narayan, Shivakumar’s business associate and a co-director in Zeus constructions Pvt Ltd till 2014 and Dollars Construction private limited, was also questioned in connection with the case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested DK Shivakumar on the evening of September 3, 2019, after four days of questioning, for allegedly laundering money and for suspected transactions done abroad through shell companies.
The central agency had, in September last year, registered a money laundering case against Shivakumar and Haumanthaiah who was an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, among others. The criminal case was filed on the basis of a chargesheet filed by the Income-tax department against Shivakumar and others before a court in Bengaluru for alleged tax evasion and hawala dealings.
After his arrest on 3 September, it was later said that said Shivakumar was dodging questions about his association with Karnataka Bhavan employees in Delhi who allegedly used to store or manage illegal money on his behalf. Two years before the arrest, his Bengaluru residence and office were raided by the I-T department. During the course of the IT search on him initiated on August 2, 2017, the residence of N. Chandrashekar Sukapuri, Shivakumar’s financial assistant was also searched.
During the search, some information pertaining to financial transactions of Shivakumar's daughter with Café Coffee Day Ltd. and M/s. Soul Space was also obtained. On confronting Candradhekar with the findings, it had come to light that allegedly Rs 20 crores had been transferred to DKS in a roundabout and concealed fashion by CCD.