Agencies go after Shivakumar with full force other cases gather dust

first_imgNew Delhi: After the Income-Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate, the CBI will now also start investigating Congress leader DK Shivakumar, according to submissions made by Additional Solicitor-General KM Natraj at a Special court here during the Congress troubleshooter’s remand proceedings, which resulted in him being sent to ED custody till September 13.But given the investigative agencies’ recent approach with respect to the arrest of first P Chidambaram and then Shivakumar, the central agencies’ approach towards prosecuting politicians and leaders like BS Yeddiyurappa and Janardhana Reddy, however, seems to be decidedly different. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a case similar to the one against Shivakumar, the I-T department had in searches at premises of Yeddiyurappa discovered documents, allegedly hand-written by him, detailing payments made by him to senior leaders and politicians at the Centre. Not only did the ED not initiate a similar money-laundering case in the matter, but after months of ‘looking into’ the documents, the Income Tax department had also issued a statement claiming that the documents could not be analysed for handwriting because they were photocopies and not original ones. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe I-T department’s statement had cited a letter from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, which essentially said the handwriting analysis on the documents was inconclusive and original documents were required. This despite, several officials who have worked with the CFSL acknowledging that the laboratory has previously conducted handwriting analyses on photocopied documents and even built cases on them. Moreover, in the case of mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, while he did face the heat of investigators, including the ED in a mining-related corruption case, the Karnataka High Court, had in 2017, quashed the ED’s attachments worth over Rs 800 crore in the case. Reddy, who was often referred to as the king of Bellary, where his say was the law, had allegedly generated a revenue of nearly Rs 5,000 crore from illegal exports. The CBI had arrested him in the large scale illegal mining case that spanned all over Karnataka in 2011 and also filed a chargehseet against him, but he was granted bail in the case, with investigation continuing. Since then, while Reddy has come under the financial probe agency’s scanner in a Rs 600 crore Ponzi scheme case, investigators seem to be in no rush to take it to its logical conclusion. Interestingly, the allegation against Reddy in the Ponzi scheme case is that he had taken Rs 20 crore from Ambidant Marketing, the chit fund company, to ‘settle’ a case ED was probing against it. Reddy and his brothers have also been accused of several counts of amassing wealth beyond their declared sources of income. In fact, Reddy had reportedly spent exorbitant amounts of money on his daughter’s wedding in Bengaluru, which also seem to have escaped investigating agencies’ radar.last_img read more