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The Special CBI Court at Rouse Avenue Court Complex today extended the judicial custody of Congress leader DK Shivakumar until October 15. His custody is in relation to a money laundering case being probed by the ED.
Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order after Shivakumar was produced before the Court on the expiry of his 14-day judicial custody in Tihar.
ED today sought an extension of Shivakumar’s judicial custody on the ground that the investigation was still going on and still more people are to be summoned and examined.
In view of the submission, the Court ordered,
“..the judicial custody of the accused is extended till 15.10.2019.”
ED also sought the Court’s permission to interrogate Shivakumar in judicial custody. The request was allowed by the Court with certain directions.
Shivakumar would be interrogated on October 4th and 5th between 10 am to 3 pm by three ED Officials, as per the Jail Manual Rules. The Court has directed the Jail Superintendent to make necessary arrangement and provide a safe and secure place for the purpose of interrogation.
A money laundering case was registered against DK Shivakumar pursuant to an ECIR registered on the basis of information from a complaint filed by the Income Tax authorities for offences punishable under Sections 276C (1), 277 and 278 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 read with Sections 193, 199 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
It is ED’s case that DK Shivakumar generated a huge amount of cash and assets illegally during his tenure as a public servant.
On August 29, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a batch of petitions filed by Shivakumar and others seeking quashing of summons issued by the ED in relation to the case.
Subsequently, Shivakumar was arrested by the ED on September 3 after undergoing four days of interrogation in relation to the case. The ED had cited Shivakumar’s non-cooperation during the questioning as the reason for his arrest.
On September 17, DK Shivakumar was remanded to judicial custody till October 1.
Meanwhile, the CBI Court also refused to grant bail to DK Shivakumar on the ground that he was not entitled to bail at this stage of the investigation.
Yesterday, the Delhi High Court had issued notice to ED in the bail plea by DK Shivakumar.
Read the Order: