Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said he was “unhappy” with the arrest of Congress’ troubleshooter D K Shivakumar. The senior Congress leader was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case following repeated questioning over the past few days.

“Let me tell you one thing, the arrest of DK Shivakumar did not bring me any happiness. I will pray to God that he will be out soon,” Yediyurappa said.

“I haven't hated anyone in my life and haven't mean to harm anyone. Justice will have to take its own course,” he added.

The Karnataka CM also said that he would be the happiest to receive the news of Shivakumar getting out.

Shivakumar’s arrest came in for condemnation from opposition leaders in Karnataka on Tuesday with former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy and accusing the BJP of using central agencies to "oppress voices of dissent".

Soon after the arrest of the Kanakapura MLA in New Delhi in a money laundering case, his supporters held protests at nearby Ramanagara and in Ballari.

Congress sources said the party has given a call to its district units for staging protests on Wednesday against the arrest of Shivakumar.

The Congress troubleshooter from the state was arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after he appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning for the fourth time on Tuesday at its headquarters in Delhi.

Condemning the action, Siddaramaiah alleged opposition leaders were being targeted using central government agencies.

"It is just an attempt to divert the attention from structural failures of @BJP4India govt & also to prevent the voices of dissent. @DKShivakumar is also a victim of their vindictive politics," he said in a series of tweets.

Shivakumar would definitely come out clean and the whole country would understand the "ulterior motives" of the BJP, he said.

"We are all with him in this difficult times & shall provide him with full support," the Congress legislature party leader said.

Kumaraswamy said the ED has cited non-cooperation as the reason to arrest Shivakumar after days of interrogation, without allowing even a day's break for the (Ganesh Chaturthi) festival.

"The ruling govt is using investigation agencies to oppress those opposition leaders who they think are a threat to their interests," he charged in a tweet.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta