Bengaluru MP accuses BJP of ‘misusing’ ED

Speculation was rife on Saturday about the possible arrest of Water Resources Minister and Congress strongman D.K. Shivakumar, with his brother and Bengaluru Rural MP, D.K. Suresh, claiming that the Opposition BJP was “pressuring” Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials to file an FIR in a money laundering case.

ED officials, however, were tight-lipped on whether they had registered an FIR in the ongoing case.

These developments come amidst a series of allegations by the ruling coalition partners that the BJP was trying to “destabilise” the government by attempting to poach the MLAs of the ruling parties and by using Central agencies, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP, however, has rubbished all these allegations.

The ED is conducting a preliminary probe on money laundering charges related to Rs. 5 crore cash found at a house in New Delhi during I-T raids in August 2017.

Responding to the developments, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said the BJP was “daydreaming of coming to power by misusing Central agencies”.

Meanwhile, Mr. Yeddyurappa, who was in Delhi to meet BJP national president Amit Shah, reportedly to seek clearance to open talks with dissident leaders in the Congress and to participate in the national executive, returned to Bengaluru ahead of schedule on Saturday.

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