CBI Court extends judicial custody of DK Shivakumar until October 25

CBI Court extends judicial custody of DK Shivakumar until October 25

Aditi Singh

  • The Special CBI Court at Rouse Avenue Court Complex today extended the judicial custody of Congress leader DK Shivakumar until October 25.

The order of extension was passed after Advocate Amit Mahajan for Enforcement Directorate informed the Court that DK Shivakumar’s bail plea was pending before the Delhi High Court. 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.

The extension was not opposed by Shivakumar. However, Shivakumar alleged that unequal treatment is given to him by jail authorities. he informed the Court that while everybody else has been given a chair, he hasn’t been given one.

“I am facing severe back pain”, Shivakumar.

The Court allowed his request for a chair subject to the Jail Rules. The Court also allowed family members of DK Shivakumar to meet him in the Court lock-up.

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.

Thereafter, the Court had sent Shivakumar to ED custody till September 13 in connection with a money laundering case. CBI custody was then extended till September 17.

On September  17, DK Shivakumar was remanded to judicial custody till October 1, which was further extended till October 15

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.

DK Shivakumar’s bail plea is pending before the Delhi High Court.

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