Current president of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), DK Shivakumar was lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 2019 for 45 days as an under trial, in connection with the Enforcement Directorate’s probe on alleged ill-gotten wealth. As per recent news report, he has now come to the rescue of two of his jail mates, who were lodged in jail since they failed to pay alimony to their estranged wives as per court order.
Mohsin Raza, a painter, was in Tihar jail as he could not pay Rs 4 lakh alimony to his wife after divorce. Shivakumar was kept in the same barack where Mohsin was stationed. The inmate used to help Shivakumar in his daily activities, including washing clothes and doing odd jobs. Moved by Mohsin’s loyalty, Shivakumar paid Rs 4 lakh alimony to former’s wife and got him released from jail. Congress leader has got Mohsin employed at his brother and Bangalore Rural MP D K Suresh’s official residence in Delhi.
Shivakumar also assisted with the release of another person, who was in jail in a similar alimony case. According to KPCC President, this inmate was a graduate and used to teach Hindi in jail. Shivakumar said he paid Rs 5 lakh to the inmate’s ex-wife and settled his divorce case. Speaking to media persons, during his visit to Delhi to meet the party leaders to discuss organisational reshuffle, Shivakumar quoted:
Now, he was provided a job at my institute in Bengaluru. There are a lot of people who are spending jail terms on various issues.
Shivakumar was arrested by the ED on September 3, 2019 in a money laundering case. He is lodged in Tihar jail under judicial custody and had challenged the trial court’s order denying him bail in the case. The ED had opposed his bail plea saying he was an influential person and he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses if released.
Shivakumar, a 7-time MLA in Karnataka, was booked along with Haumanthaiah — an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi– and others for alleged offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Several married/divorced men are languishing in jails as under trials since they failed to pay maintenance or alimony to their estranged wives. While there is no onus on women to earn and fend for themselves, false cases become a harassment tool for many to bring the men to the negotiating table. The one’s who can afford to buy their peace, pay up and end the dead relationship, while others spend months/years as under trials in jail.
Here’s a story of another Shiv Kumar, 43-year-old newspaper distributor from Delhi’s Kalkaji, who is a physically challenged man. Shiv was lodged in Tihar jail too and Men’s Rights Activist had assisted him with crowdfunding to pay off his fully-abled wife. Click here to read story.