The protest became called by an umbrella of Vokkaliga organisations.
Thousands of of us belonging to the Vokkaliga community held a wide march in Bengaluru on the unique time to protest the arrest of Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the Enforcement Directorate in a money-laundering case, affecting traffic motion in lots of sides of the city.
The prominent Vokkaliga leader became arrested on September 3, nearly a year after the investigation agency first launched its probe on the basis of a file submitted by the Income Tax department. Mr Shivakumar had filed a petition against the summons in the Karnataka Excessive Court docket, easiest to stare it pushed apart on August 29.
The traffic police issued advisories and arranged for diversions as hundreds of protesters marched from the National College grounds in Basavanagudi to Freedom Park. Although Janata Dal Secular chief Deve Gowda and his son — outdated Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy — have been also anticipated to participate in the protest march, they did now not flip up.
“I became now not invitated to the protest, and there became a pre-scheduled programme I desired to wait on. They performed this match in a flee, with out bringing it to my scrutinize. I would even have participated if they’d informed me about it,” stated HD Kumaraswamy, also a prominent Vokkaliga leader, adding that he became at possibility of being centered by probe agencies too.
Mr Shivakumar, who has obtained reputation as the Congress’ chief troubleshooter over time, had earlier thanked his supporters for organising the protest march nonetheless suggested them against indulging in violence or vandalism. “I wholeheartedly thank leaders, supporters, nicely-wishers and chums who’ve organised a wide protest in my aid in Bengaluru. I humbly query that the protest be smooth and would now not attach of dwelling off any concern to voters. Please hang definite that that public property is now not always harmed,” a tweet from his legitimate story read.
The Karnataka Congress leader went on to reiterate that he has entire faith in the judiciary no topic being made a target of “vendetta politics” by the ruling BJP. “With the aid and blessings that I’m receiving from all of you and my belief in God and our judiciary, I even have beefy faith that I am going to emerge victorious both legally and politically,” he added.
The Enforcement Directorate has even summoned Mr Shivakumar’s daughter for questioning on Thursday in reference to the money-laundering case. The probe agency has thus a long way claimed that the Congress leader is being “uncooperative and evasive” in his responses.
The 57-year-worn leader’s arrest had sparked off protests all over New Delhi and Karnataka, particularly his home district of Ramanagara, with both Congress and Janata Dal Secular personnel condemning the Enforcement Directorate’s action. One more Congress leader, P Chidambaram, became also taken into custody in a identical vogue last month.
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