A day after Rahul Gandhi’s aide in Karnataka, DK Shivakumar booked by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case, BJP national spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra, while addressing a press briefing, cited Congress bribe diaries and said that Karnataka is like an ATM for the Congress. While attacking the Congress, Dr Patra claimed that DK Shivakumar and the grand old party were involved in hawala.
“DK Shivakumar and Congress party were involved in hawala. Unaccounted money were transferred from Karnataka to AICC headquarters,” said Dr Patra, at the same time, citing the bribe diaries, saying, “Earlier, we have seen a diary was found in Karnataka in links to alleged money transfer. Today, we are going to show documents, we have confessional statements of three people related to the transaction.”
Dr Patra then read out Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah, N Rajendra and a driver’s confessional statements, who are under scanner in connection with the money laundering case.
“In his confessional statement, Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah said (in page number 11) - ‘I agree with that I used to carry money to AICC with Mr. Jagdish chand and Mr. Rajendran. I used to carry it in a normal bag, I don't know how much money was there’,” read Dr Patra.
The BJP national spokesperson while reading out the confessional statement, claimed that the people booked by the ED were part of KPCC and have confessed to having transferred the money on the direction of DK Shivakumar, who was the ‘kingpin’ of the money laundering.
“I have handed over the money on account of direction by DK Shivakumar,” Dr Patra read out the confessional statement of Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah.
Dr Patra also said that the people involved in the money laundering case, used to transfer money in Kilos.
“They were used to transfer money in Kilos (Kilogram). We have statements of DK Shivakumar's driver, who told the I-T department about how money in kgs were sent to AICC. We now know, why Congress was crying foul during demonetisation,” said the BJP national spokesperson.
“In his confessional statement, driver Jagdish said - ‘I was called in Safdarjung. I was interrogated by a few people who were not in uniform but it seemed that they were policemen in plain uniform. I agree that with Mr Jagdish Chand, I carried cash to AICC office at Akbar road. We used to carry money in normal bags and used to deposit it in the AICC's accounts department',” read Dr Patra.
While concluding the briefing, Dr Patra urged the Congress to respond to the charges.
On Tuesday, the ED had filed an FIR against him in a money laundering case. This has come after I-T raids were conducted on his properties. Republic TV had also accessed details of the FIR, which included details of cast stash recovered from his aides last year.
In August 2017, the ED had carried out intensive raids and now the FIR has been filed against Shivakumar under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). In the FIR, there is a mention of the accused, DK Shivakumar, hoarding and transporting unaccounted cash.