A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday remanded senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar to judicial custody till 1 October in a money laundering case.
Shivakumar was produced before the CBI court as the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED’s) custody of the Congress leader had expired.
“So far as the application for remand of the accused to judicial custody is concerned, having considered the facts and circumstances, the accused is remanded to judicial custody till 1 October," said special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar.
The court directed that Shivakumar be first taken to hospital. Only if his medical condition is stable should he be sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail.
The court will hear arguments on Shivakumar’s bail application on Wednesday.
The investigating agency claimed in court that Shivakumar’s interrogation was yet to be completed and sought permission from the judge to question him while he was in judicial custody. Additional solicitor general K.M. Nataraj, appearing for the ED, told the court that Shivakumar’s health did not allow for effective questioning.
“In the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, as we could not confront (Shivakumar) with the documents, we seek permission for custodial interrogation during judicial custody," Nataraj said.
The Congress leader’s counsel opposed the ED plea for judicial custody and sought his bail on medical grounds. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Shivakumar, submitted in court that the politician was not in good health and was close to having a heart attack and should thus be granted bail. He alleged that the ED is biased and mala fide and is not telling the court the truth about the investigation.
The Congress leader was arrested by the ED on 3 September after almost four days of rigorous interrogation over charges of money laundering. The ED cited Shivakumar’s non-cooperation during the questioning as the reason for his arrest.
Multiple agencies have been probing Shivakumar’s assets for almost two years now.
In August 2017, the income tax (I-T) department raided several premises owned by the Congress leader, his family, and associates and claimed to have unearthed crores of rupees in unaccounted for income.