Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar on Friday responded to the Income Tax department's accusation that he was operating a 'hawala network' to transfer money to the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Shivakumar said that he has neither given any money to the Congress party nor used a 'hawala network'.
"I have not done anything wrong," he told ANI.
I have neither given any money to Congress party nor used 'hawala network'. I have not done anything wrong. You know what politics & pressure tactics are going on: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar on I-T Department accusing him of allegedly operating a 'hawala network'. pic.twitter.com/Bc8RWFWXma
— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2018
The I-T notice had alleged that Shivakumar gave Rs 3 crore to the AICC in Delhi on 5 January, 2017, through the 'hawala network'.
Shivakumar, along with two businessmen and a present and a former employee of the Karnataka government, had "engaged in transporting a huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through hawala channels," the Income Tax Department had alleged in its complaint registered before the Special Court for Economic Offences, according to The Hindu.
Shivakumar had previously also said that he was not aware of any notice and denied having given any amount to the Congress head office. "The law of the land will take its course. The allegations being levelled are false," he said.
Karnataka Congress secretary V Mulgund has also been named in the notice as the point of contact between Shivakumar and the Congress for transferring the money. "I deny these allegations. I have not transferred any such money. The department has no proof of the transactions," said Mulgund.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Jun 22, 2018 14:22:56 IST