DK Shivakumar, Congress MLA from Kanakapura, Karnataka will be in Tihar jail at least till October 15 as a Delhi court has refused to grant him bail yet again
Bengaluru: Karnataka Congress MLA DK Shivakumar who is also an accused in money laundering case will have to stay put in Tihar jail as a Delhi court has sentenced him to further 14-day judicial custody. That means, at least till October 15, the Karnataka strongman will not taste freedom.
The court also granted permission to the ED to quiz him in Tihar jail, where he is lodged, on October 4 and 5 after ED's Special Public Prosecutors Amit Mahajan, N K Matta and Nitesh Rana said that Shivakumar could not be quizzed properly since he had to be admitted to the hospital due to various ailments.
Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Shivakumar, said the accused had no opposition to the applications. "Even if on bail, I (accused) am willing to cooperate at any extent."
The case was based on a charge sheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department against them last year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of alleged tax evasion and 'hawala' transactions worth crores.
The I-T department has accused Shivakumar and his alleged associate S K Sharma of transporting huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through 'hawala' channels with the help of three other accused.
He was arrested on September 3 by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The issue related to an amount of Rs 8.5 cr being found at his residence in New Delhi two years ago.
When the ED had issued summons to him in relation to the case for the first time, he had approached the Karnataka high court seeking its quashing. But the high court refused to quash it, paving way for the ED to reissue summons to him. Though he appeared before the ED, he was arrested three days later, as the ED felt a custodial interrogation was necessary.
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