Disproportionate assets case: SC defers hearing on CBI plea against DKS to July 14

Since February 10, the Karnataka High Court has been extending the stay on the CBI’s proceedings in the case

DK Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah, Congress
The CBI in October 2020 had booked Shivakumar under the Prevention of Corruption Act

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 17) adjourned to July 14 the hearing on the CBI’s petition challenging the interim stay on the probe into a ₹74 crore disproportionate assets case against Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar.

On February 10, a single-judge bench of the Karnataka High Court had granted interim relief to Sivakumar, the chief of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee till February 24 in the case from 2020. The court had extended the stay till April 13 and later till May 23.

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The CBI had challenged the Karnataka High Court’s stay on the case.

On Wednesday, a bench of Justices B R Gavai and Sanjay Karol deferred the matter after senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Shivakumar, said the matter is coming up before the high court on May 23.

The Income Tax Department had in 2017 conducted a raid against Shivakumar, on the basis of which, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) started its probe against him.

Following the ED investigation, the CBI later sought sanction from the state government to file an FIR against him.

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The sanction came on September 25, 2019, and on October 3, 2020, Shivakumar was booked by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Shivakumar had approached the Karnataka High Court challenging the sanction and proceedings against him, alleging that the CBI was applying mental pressure on him ahead of the upcoming assembly elections by repeatedly issuing notices to him, even though the case dates back to 2020.

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(With inputs from agencies)