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ED seeks 5-day remand of Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, says he was 'evasive' during questioning

Former Karnataka minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar was presented before the Rouse Avenue Court Complex in the national capital on Friday as his Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand period ended today. 

ED seeks 5-day remand of Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, says he was 'evasive' during questioning

New Delhi: Former Karnataka minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar was presented before the Rouse Avenue Court Complex in the national capital on Friday as his Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand period ended today. 

During the hearing, the Enforcement Directorate officials moved an application seeking further custody of DK Shivakumar in the PMLA case probe. The central probe agency claimed that Shivakumar was ''evasive'' and gave irrelevant answers during his interrogation.

The Karnataka Congress leader has not been able to explain the sources of his deposits and many of his properties are 'benami', the agency claimed. 

The agency told the court that the accused in the custody was interrogated and his statement was recorded to unearth the modus operandi. He wasted the time of agency by giving irrelevant details and took several breaks between the questioning, it added.

ED then sought a 5-day further remand of Shivakumar, maintaining that he needs to be confronted with other accused. 

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Shivkumar's 22-year-old daughter Aishwarya was also summoned by the ED on Thursday during his custody and investigated.

The Karnataka Congress leader was arrested by the law enforcement agency late evening on September 3 after which he was sent to the ED custody for 10 days by a Delhi court.

A money laundering case was registered by the agency against him in September last year, based on a complaint filed by the Income Tax Department.

The I-T Department, during the initial probe, had found unaccounted and misreported wealth linked to Shivakumar.

The I-T Department also came across money laundering and hawala operations, involving a network of persons across Delhi and Bengaluru. 

They had allegedly set up a base in order to transport and utilize the unaccounted cash.