New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted the Centre over the arrest of party’s troubleshooter from Karnataka D K Shivakumar, calling “another example of vendetta politics unleashed by the government”.

“The arrest of DK Shivakumar is another example of the vendetta politics unleashed by the Govt, using agencies like the ED/CBI & a pliant media to selectively target individuals,” Rahul tweeted.

After a long session of grilling, Shivakumar was placed under arrest by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday in a money laundering case.

The Congress has hit out at the BJP-led Centre over Shivakumar's arrest, asserting the opposition party will not be intimidated by the "politics of persecution" and continue to pose "hard questions" to the government.

The ED had filed the PMLA case against him and others based on a charge sheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department against them last year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.

The I-T department has accused Shivakumar and his alleged associate S K Sharma of transporting huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through 'hawala' channels with the help of three other accused.

Shivakumar's arrest is the second big setback for the party in the last few days. On August 22, the CBI arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media case.

The Supreme Court will hear Chidambaram's bail petition on Thursday, when his CBI custody of 15 days comes to an end.   

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta