New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who is under Enforcement Directorate's custody, on Wednesday said that "political vendetta" has become stronger than the law in this country.

In a video posted from his Twitter handle, Shivakumar is seen sitting on a chair with policemen standing around him.

"Political vendetta has become stronger than the law in this country," he is heard saying in the video.

The Congress also hit out at the government over Shivakumar’s arrest, asserting the opposition party won't be intimidated by the "politics of persecution" and will continue to pose "hard questions" to the government.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, said Shivakumar's arrest is "another example of vendetta politics unleashed by the government, using agencies like the ED/CBI and a pliant media to selectively target individuals".

Senior Congress leaders from Karnataka went to meet Shivakumar who had been admitted at RML hospital, but the police and the authorities were adamant to block their visit, Congress general secretary in-charge organisation K C Venugopal said.

"They are not even ready to disclose his health condition. This is condemnable," said Venugopal, who was among the leaders who went to meet Shivakumar.

Earlier, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari alleged that there was a "complete breakdown of governance" in the Modi government's second term while claiming that there was an economic slowdown, an "undeclared emergency" in Kashmir and a tense situation in Assam, where over 19 lakh people have been rendered "stateless" following the publication of the updated final NRC.

At a press conference, he alleged that in order to cover up this "complete breakdown of governance", continued "persecution" of opposition leaders was being carried out and the arrest of Shivakumar was the latest in a series of "political vendetta".

"D K Shivakumar's only crime was that he provided protection to those Congress MLAs of Gujarat who were being poached by the NDA-BJP during the Rajya Sabha elections," Tewari said.

Earlier, a Delhi court remanded Shivakumar, arrested in a money laundering case, in ED's custody till September 13.

Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order after the ED sought 14-day custodial interrogation of Shivakumar, arrested on Tuesday night, claiming that he was evasive and non-cooperative in the probe and there was "phenomenal growth" in his income while he was in important position.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta