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DKShi meets Sonia Gandhi after release from Tihar jail

PTI, Oct 25, 2019, 10:29 AM IST

Bengaluru/New Delhi: Senior Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar met party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Thursday and thanked them for extending support to him, a day after he was released on bail by the Delhi High Court in a money laundering case.

He also met senior party colleague K C Venugopal and advocate Mukul Rohatgi during the day.

Shivakumar, the Congress’s all-weather troubleshooter, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on September 3 in a money laundering case. He was in Tihar jail under judicial custody for 50 days.

“I have not made any mistake. I have people’s support. I extend my sincere thanks to everyone who has stood beside me in the most difficult times,” Shivakumar told reporters after meeting the party leaders.

“Leaders from many parties, including TMC, CPI, CPI(M) and Janata Dal have supported me. Their support, love and faith have given strength to me,” he added.

His brother DK Suresh, who is also a Congress MP, was present during the meeting with the Gandhis.

“I am a law-abiding citizen. I am a seven-time MLA in the state. We have framed the law and respect also. I have declared what the Election Commission has sought,” Shivakumar said.

He said that he is co-operating in the investigation.

“The moment I received the summons, I did not waste time and responded to all queries. I will continue to do so in the future. I have told my daughter to do the same. She is educated and asked her to respond,” he said.

Shivakumar, however, said that his mother has a problem with language and age-related issues. The ED had summoned his mother Gowramma (85) and wife Usha to appear before it on October 15 and 17, respectively. Gowramma had skipped it.

He said he plans to meet his lawyers and other party colleagues before leaving for Bengaluru during the weekend.

AICC general secretary and in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal said, “Release of Shivakumar has given strength to the party.”

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