Shivakumar, and many others in a money laundering case
According to a report in the New Indian Express, Shivakumar was in Delhi this past weekend to press for his candidature as the new Congress state unit chief.
He decided to meet the senior party leaders as he confronted challenges to his candidature, not only from inside, but also outside the party. Within the party, this challenge was introduced by senior leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah who earlier controlled politics in the state through his close confidante Gundu Rao. Even when he became chief minister in 2013, Shivakumar was not inducted by Siddaramaiah into his government for a six months.
Although Shivakumar recently met with Siddaramaiah to push his case and gain his support for the article, the latter appears to be more keen on backing the candidature of former minister and Lingayat leader M.B. Patil for this post. Patil is also regarded as a Siddaramaiah loyalist. SC Dismisses Plea Against Bail into Shivakumar; Asks Govt to Read Dissenting Sabarimala Verdict Other titles doing the rounds for the post include those of former minister Ramalinga Reddy, former mayor Manjunath Reddy, and five-time MLA from Yamakanmaradi, Satish Jarkiholi.
In such a scenario, Shivakumar was headed to New Delhi as it was learnt that he might have to change his plans due to impending action. It said the Congress leader may be contested in connection with which the agency in September 2018 registered a case of money laundering around his financial dealings in 2013-14.
It had been claimed by the department which a huge amount of cash that was unaccounted transported through’ hawala’ channels on a regular basis. Meanwhile, the development around the brand new summons comes close on the heels of the Supreme Court adjourning the hearing of a plea by Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah, co-accused of Shivakumar, and many others in a money laundering case, to quash 120 B of IPC (criminal conspiracy) slapped by ED. The hearing was adjourned for fourteen days as another petition by petitioner was pending at another bench of the same court.