Shivakumar, ED, money laundering, Delhi Court
Karanataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar (image: AIR)

A Delhi court on Friday extended Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar’s ED custody till September 17 in connection with a money laundering case.

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar asked ED to “take care of Congress leader’s medical requirements first” and then move towards questioning, adding that “first priority is his health”.

The Karnataka Congress leader was produced before the court after the expiry of his nine-day custody by the agency, since September 4.

The ED had sought an extension of his custody for five more days saying that he was evasive during the interrogation and took “several breaks” between the questioning.

Solicitor General KM Natraj, appearing for the ED, argued in the court:

 “As per the probe against Shivakumar, tainted money is more than Rs 200 crore and there is Rs 800 crore worth ‘benami’ property.”

Natraj said the agency needs to confront him with voluminous documents it has collected till now. Claiming that Shivakumar was withholding information, he said the information lay solely with the Congress leader.

To this, the court said that it was sure Shivakumar still won’t answer the questions in the next five days so the custody won’t be fruitful.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, ED interrogated Shivakumar’s daughter, Aisshwarya, for more than seven hours.

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