ED custody for DK Shivakumar till Sept 13

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday remanded senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar to ED’s custody for nine days till September 13, in connection with a money-laundering case it is probing against him.Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, who has been hearing remand proceedings of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram as well, ordered that family members and lawyers be allowed to meet with Shivakumar for half an hour every day during his time in ED custody. Additional Solicitor-General KM Natraj sought 14 days of custody on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate, citing Shivakumar’s non-cooperation during questioning and said that the Congress troubleshooter had been evasive in answering the agency’s questions about several transactions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNatraj added that Shivakumar’s custodial interrogation was required because he had personal knowledge about how proceeds of crime have been parked and other such details. However, arguing for the Karnataka leader, Abhishek Manu Singhvi pointed out that the foundation on which the ED has built its case does not hold. Singhvi was referring to the fact that the I-T complaint based on which the ED initiated its probe had itself been challenged in a High Court, which had stayed the tax proceedings against Shivakumar. Moreover, the sections under which the Income Tax department had charged Shivakumar with had no mention in the schedule of offences under the PMLA, argued Singhvi. The ED’s case is based on a I-T chargesheet filed after tax sleuths raided his premises in 2017. The tax authority had claimed that Shivakumar had contacts who would allegedly launder his unaccounted wealth through hawala channels. Shivakumar was arrested on Tuesday night after four days of questioning.last_img read more