D.K. Shivakumar’s daughter to depose before ED on September 12

Shivakumar's daughter Aishwarya will appear before the ED on September 12

dk-shivakumar-bhanu3919 File photo of D.K. Shivakumar | Bhanu Prakash Chandra

The Enforcement Directorate has issued a summons to Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar's daughter, Aishwarya, in connection with the money laundering case against her father.

While Shivakumar has been in ED custody since August 30, the ED has summoned Aishwarya for questioning on September 12, a day before Shivakumar's custody ends.

It is learnt that ED is probing into the various transactions and business dealings of 23-year-old Aishwarya, including the advance payment of Rs 76 crore made towards the purchase of built-up area in Soul Space Spirit mall in Bellandur measuring 2,23895 sq ft.

According to sources, Aishwarya, an engineering graduate, is one of the trustees in the National Global College. She has declared assets worth Rs 108 crore, as per the affidavit filed by her father before the Election Commission in 2018. She also has liabilities worth Rs 81 crore and owns lands in Bengaluru and a flat in Mumbai.

In August 2017, when the income tax department raided the properties of Shivakumar and his associates, they also searched the house of N. Chandrashekhar Sukapuri, a financial assistant of Shivakumar. The I-T sleuths found information related to some financial transactions of Aishwarya with Cafe Coffee Day and Soul Space. She had been earlier interrogated by the I-T department. The ED which is probing a possible Hawala network, which they believe, is run by Shivakumar.

On Tuesday evening, Shivakumar tweeted, thanking his supporters for the planned protest in his support on September 11, Wednesday. His tweet read, "I wholeheartedly thank leaders, supporters, well-wishers and friends who have organised a massive protest in my support tomorrow in Bengaluru. I humbly request that the protest be peaceful & doesn't cause any inconvenience to citizens. Please ensure public property isn't harmed." In another tweet, he reiterated his stance that he had done nothing wrong and that he was a target of vendetta politics.