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Will you be the King? This is what Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar said when asked | VIDEO

Karnataka political news: Congress leader DK Shivakumar is currently serving as the Deputy CM of Karnataka while Siddaramaiah is sitting on the position of Chief Minister in the state.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Belagavi (Karnataka) Published on: October 19, 2023 16:40 IST
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Image Source : PTI (FILE) Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar

Karnataka political news: On being asked a question in Belagavi by the media that when Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar will become "the king" of state as wanted by his supporters, he replied, "My party has to decide".

"We have been given power for five years. The party leadership will decide whenever they need it. I am not bothered about it. People have their own wishes, it is their opinion, our priority is to provide good governance", Karnataka Deputy CM added. 

BJP's KS Eshwarappa's statement on Shivakumar:

"I'm very happy. Let them not delay it. Let him become a judge. Kumaraswamy was the I-T Department spokesperson. BJP leaders are all spokespersons of the I-T Department. It has sent a bulletin yesterday about the details of the raids. I've still not given even one contractor a job. All the works given to contractors have been by the BJP government. We've not revealed details about the BJP yet. There's a time to talk about everything," said Karnataka Deputy CM on BJP leader KS Eshwarappa's 'Shivakumar will land up in jail' remark.

Karnataka HC rejects Shivakumar’s petition challenging CBI FIR:

Meanwhile, the High Court of Karnataka today (October 19) rejected the petition by Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress chief DK Shivakumar challenging the Central Bureau of Investigation’s FIR against him in the disproportionate assets case.

Justice K Natarajan, who concluded the hearing and reserved the judgment earlier, announced the verdict on Thursday. The HC also directed the CBI to conclude the investigation and file the report within three months.

Justice Natarajan reasoned that since the CBI has concluded most of the investigation, the court would not interfere in it at this juncture. The CBI is at the stage of filing a charge sheet after completing gathering statements from the accused. While the operative portion of the judgment rejecting Shivakumar's petition was dictated, the complete judgment copy is awaited.

The CBI has alleged that Shivakumar amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources of income between 2013 and 2018. He was a minister in the previous Congress government during this period.

The FIR was filed by the CBI on September 3, 2020. Shivakumar challenged the FIR in the high court in 2021. The Income Tax Department had conducted a search and seizure operation in the offices and residence of Shivakumar in 2017, based on which the Enforcement Directorate (ED) started its own probe against him.

Based on the ED investigation, the CBI sought sanction from the state government to file an FIR against him. The sanction was granted by the state government on September 25, 2019 and the FIR was filed a year later. Shivakumar had challenged the sanction granted by the state in a separate petition which was dismissed by the high court earlier.

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