ED moves SC against Shivakumar’s bail

The Enforcement Directorate has moved the Supreme Court against the grant of bail by the Delhi High Court to Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar in a money-laundering case.

The agency said Mr. Shivakumar is an ‘influential’ person and could tamper with the evidence while on bail.

Mr. Shivakumar was recently allowed bail after having spent 50 days in custody since his arrest on September 3.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait of the Delhi High Court, while granting bail, had remarked that Mr. Shivakumar was extensively interrogated by the probe agency since his arrest.

The ED has moved the top court even as the bail order had specifically instructed Mr. Shivakumar to cooperate with the investigation and to not leave the country without the court’s approval. The order also directed him to pay a personal bail bond of ₹25 lakh with two sureties of the like amount.

The HC had concluded that the Congress leader was hardly a threat to the probe and reasoned that he was not in power except as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.


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