Karnataka Congress MLA and accused in the PMLA case DK Shivakumar will have to stay in Tihar jail till September 25 as the court will pronounce the verdict in the case only on that day.
Bengaluru: A Delhi court hearing the case related to bail plea by accused Congress MLA DK Shivakumar in the PMLA case will pronounce the verdict on September 25.
The Court continued to hear the case on Saturday (September 21). Counsel for the ED KM Nataraj concluded his arguments, stressing on the fact that bail should not be given to the accused DK Shivakumar as he needs to be subjected to more interrogation in the PMLA case.
Later, when Abhikshek Singhvi, counsel for Shivakumar informed the court that the ED officers were acting based on prejudice and there was no need to keep his client in the jail.
He also added that the officers were hell-bent on tarnishing the image of his client and the PMLA case in which Shivakumar was fixed wasn’t a scheduled offence (As per 120B).
He also added that there was no question of money laundering by Shivakumar as he had declared all his assets. Interestingly, he took the example of pickpockets and said pickpockets were being portrayed as hawala scamsters.
Shivakumar was been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. But before he headed to Tihar jail, he was taken to RML hospital as he is suffering from high tension and diabetes. He was kept at the hospital for a day after which, the doctors declared him to fit enough.
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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Last Updated Sep 21, 2019, 2:57 PM IST