New Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a chargesheet against Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar and others under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Officials gave this information on Thursday. He said the prosecution complaint has been filed in a Delhi court under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The Federal Investigation Agency had in September 2018 registered a money laundering case against Shivakumar, A Haumanthaiah, an employee of Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi and others.
The case was based on the Income Tax Department’s chargesheet filed against Shivakumar and others in a Bengaluru court for alleged tax evasion and hawala deals. The IT department has accused Shivakumar and his associate SK Sharma of regularly transporting large amounts of unaccounted cash through hawala channels with the help of three other accused. 60-year-old Shivakumar was arrested by the ED in the case in 2019 and the agency questioned several people and associates, including his daughter Aishwarya and Congress MLA Lakshmi Hebbalkar. Former Karnataka cabinet minister and Congress leader out on bail in money laundering case.