Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar and few others, allegedly the minister's associates, have landed in trouble again. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against Shivakumar and his aassociates on the basis of an alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions case, officials told PTI. The agency has booked Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said.
The case has been filed based on a chargesheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income-Tax department against him early this year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores. The agency is expected to summon the accused soon for recording their statements.
The I-T department has accused Shivakumar and his associate S K Sharma of transporting huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through 'hawala' channels with help of three other accused.
"As per facts and analysis of evidences, it is clear that accused number 1 (Shivakumar) has set up an extensive network of persons and premises across Delhi and Bengaluru in order to transport and utilise unaccounted cash," the department had said. Other accused are Sachin Narayan, Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah and N Rajendra, the department further added.
According to the tax department, Naray...