Political News, Nation, (New Delhi), September 4:-Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that the arrest of party leader D K Shivakumar by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged money laundering case is “very clearly an example of political vendetta”.
“This is very clearly an example of political vendetta because it’s an action taken against an individual who has been cooperating throughout with all the investigative agencies, whose places have been raided multiple times, who has not hidden anything. The arrest is clearly seen as punitive… he has been cooperating with every inquiry,” he told the media here.
Shivakumar was arrested on Tuesday evening. Karnataka Congress has called for statewide protests on Wednesday against the arrest of their party leader by the ED.
“How does the arrest actually help? It just sends a chilling signal to other opponents of the government… They don’t like to hear any voice from the Opposition… The government has full authority to conduct any inquiry, whether it is CBI, ED or I-T.
“If somebody says that I want cooperate and will run away, then it will be a different thing. But since the beginning, everybody knew where Shivakumar and Chidambaram were. They have cooperated throughout the inquiry. Beyond that, raids have been conducted at their offices and houses. After that this, what is need to arrest them?” Tharoor said.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)