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Now, a Whistleblower Lodges Complaint Against DK Shivakumar's Aides With ED

Guruprasad, a resident of Bidadi in Bengaluru's suburbs, has filed a complaint seeking an ED probe into money laundering allegations against five associates of Shivakumar.

Deepa Balakrishnan | CNN-News18deepab18

Updated:August 3, 2017, 9:39 PM IST
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Now, a Whistleblower Lodges Complaint Against DK Shivakumar's Aides With ED
File photo of Karnataka Energy Department DK Shivakumar. (Getty Images)

Bengaluru: A day after the Income Tax department raided Karnataka's Power Minister DK Shivakumar, the beleaguered Congress leader found more grief with a private complaint being filed against his associates in the Enforcement Directorate.

Guruprasad, a resident of Bidadi in Bengaluru's suburbs, has filed a complaint seeking an ED probe into money laundering allegations against five associates of Shivakumar. These include his astrologer Dwarakanath, who was also raided by the IT department on Wednesday, Shivakumar's private secretary Sridhar, G V Balaram, the MD of Karnataka Renewable Energy Dev Ltd, Sachin Narayan a businessman and Puttaswamy Gowda, an electrical contractor.

The complainant, who claims to be a whistle-blower, alleged that almost every person in Shivakumar's constituency had been asked to facilitate exchange of demonetised notes up to Rs 2 lakh, and Narayan helped facilitate this too.

The complaint alleges that Shivakumar's astrologer is also a key hawala operator and helped in money-laundering. Besides, he names two retired judges of the Karnataka High Court of colluding with the astrologer to land a 'deal' on cases. However, the complainant has not given any documentary evidence. The complainant also accuses the Minister's associates of a major solar scam in the land acquisition and execution of the solar park project in Pavagada.

The complainant claims that Shivakumar too had visited the I-T department in disguise to find out what was happening with regard to complaints against him, and seeks a probe against him for possible offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). He claims black money has been sent to Dubai through hawala channels and these deserve a thorough investigation.

Sources close to Shivakumar, who have so far cried political vendetta, brushed off the private complaint saying anyone can file a complaint in any forum.

His brother D K Suresh said, "BJP people want to tarnish Shivakumar's image. They could not find anything in the I-T raid, I think, so they want to get some complaints in ED, this is another way to threaten him through another Central agency."

Many of the family members are also being interrogated, including women; senior citizens are also being questioned relentlessly, he said.

The I-T department had, in a coordinated move early Wednesday morning raided nearly 64 establishments and homes of Shivakumar, his associates, and business partners, including realty, jewellery and travels companies in which he has an interest. Sources say they have found huge stash of cash, some jewellery, whose value is still being assessed, and documents that point to a large number of benami property deals and fund flows.

The raids have been on for two days now, and a final assessment of his assets is still being done; his officially declared assets during elections puts his valuation at around Rs 250 crore.

Suresh, however, maintained that just about Rs 23 lakh in cash was seized, and some loose sheets from a file were taken.

"They are verifying some records, we can explain everything they have found," he said.

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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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