A Delhi court on Tuesday (October 15) extended the judicial custody of Congress leader DK Shivakumar till October 25.
Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
On ED’s plea, Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar sent the accused for further unopposed judicial custody.
Ed’s special public prosecutors Amit Mahajan, Nitesh Rana and N K Matta sought extension of Shivakumar’s judicial custody, saying he could not be let free.
The court had on September 25 declined to grant Shivakumar bail noting that he was an influential person and if released, may influence the witnesses or tamper with documents.
The ED had in September last year registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others, the agency’s advocate A R Aditya said.
The case was based on a charge sheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department against them last year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.
The I-T department has accused Shivakumar and his alleged associate S K Sharma of transporting huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through hawala channels with the help of three other accused.
(With inputs from agencies)