A Delhi court on Wednesday sent Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar to the Enforcement Directorate’s custody till September 13. The agency got his custody for 10 days, although it had sought for 14 days.
During his custody, he will be allowed to meet his family and lawyers for half-an-hour every day, the court said.
Shivakumar was arrested late Tuesday evening as the ED claimed he was not cooperating in the investigation of the money laundering case lodged against him.
While Shivakumar’s counsel Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi argued that not confessing to a crime doesn’t amount to non-cooperation.
He asked in the court:
“Because the accused did not confess, can that be called non-cooperation? Where is the personal liberty here?”
Singhvi is also representing former Union Minister P Chidambaram, who was arrested on the night of August 21 by the CBI and has since been its custody.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress has protested Shivakumar’s arrest in the state and elsewhere in the country calling it “vendetta politics” by the centre.
Shivakumar aka the Karnataka Congress’ trouble-shooter was arrested after 4 days of grilling by the ED. This came after the Karnataka High Court rejected his petition seeking protection from arrest.
Shivakumar along with his alleged associate S K Sharma have been accused of transporting large sums of unaccounted cash on a regular basis via ”hawala” channels with the help of others.