D.K. Shivakumar did not anticipate arrest
By The Hindu 04-Sep-2019
For nearly an hour, he had met a large contingent from Mandya, Ramanagaram and Bengaluru at Karnataka Bhavan and had exuded confidence that authorities would not move to arrest him. Neither did he anticipate his arrest by authorities late in the night after over eight hours of questioning nor did Congress leaders who had met him.
“Mr. Shivakumar told us that he was confident of sailing through since he had not done anything wrong,” Congress leader Muralidhar Halappa told The Hinduover phone from New Delhi. In fact, Mr. Shivakumar, having seen so many Congress workers and followers, had asked them not to come to Delhi by spending money on travel, said Mr. Halappa, who was among those to meet him in the morning. “Mr. Shivakumar pointed out the case of TMC leaders Mukul Roy that went slow after he joined the BJP,” he said. Former Ministers H.K. Patil, Shivashankar Reddy, MLC C.M. Lingappa, and former MP LR. Shivarame Gowda were present in New Delhi.
For nearly two years, Mr. Shivakumar maintained that the BJP had been using central agencies to pressurise him to quit the Congress in exchange for a favourable investigation.
He had also expressed apprehension in the past that he might be arrested as part of political vendetta.
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