Seeking extension of Shivakumar’s remand, additional solicitor general K M Natraj, representing ED, claimed that the Congress leader is withholding information which is solely in his knowledge. The counsel also told the court that it has collected voluminous documents which Shivakumar needs to be confronted with.
The court accepted ED’s plea and extended the custody of Shivakumar till September 17. It also ordered the ED to take care of Shivakumar’s medical requirements first and only then ask him questions.
Shivakumar, who was arrested on September 3 by the ED in a money laundering case, was produced before the court today on the expiry of his 9-day custodial interrogation.
Earlier during the hearing, the agency told the court that the Congress leader was evasive and gave irrelevant answers during the interrogation. To this, the judge said, “I am sure he won’t answer questions in the next five days either. Why do you need his custody”.
Strongly opposing extension of Shivakumar’s custody, his lawyer AM Singhvi told the court that the Congress leader must be in hospital as his condition is very serious.
Shivakumar has been in custody since September 3 and today is the 10th day, the counsel said, adding that he must be given active medical assistance.
“Just because there is power to give remand for 15 days, does not mean that it should be granted,” the counsel contended while opposing agency’s plea seeking further custodial interrogation.
“I am a law-abiding citizen,” Shivakumar’s counsel told the court, which said he will get the best hospital facilities whenever he wants.
“You have the right to not file a reply but you can’t claim automatic remand,” Singhvi told court.
He further said that Shivakumar’s 22-year-old daughter Aishwarya was also interrogated by the ED.
“I have nothing to hide. If you want to interrogate me, you can call me for interrogation anytime,” he told court.
However, the court accepted ED’s plea and extended Shivakumar’s custody by another 5 days. The court also directed the ED to file its response on Shivakumar’s bail plea by September 16.
Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya had appeared before the ED on Thursday
in connection with its money-laundering probe against him, the ED officials had said.
The 22-year-old management graduate was questioned and her statement was recorded under PMLA.
According to the sources, she was also confronted with documents and statements made by Shivakumar with regard to a trip to Singapore he made with her in 2017.
Aishwarya is a trustee in an education trust floated by her father.