ASG KM Natraj Comes Late For Hearing In DK Shivakumar Case, Delhi High Court Hits Out

DK Shivakumar, 57, was arrested by the ED on September three in a cash laundering case (File Photo)

New Delhi: 

The Delhi High Court on Thursday castigated the Enforcement Directorate after a junior counsel represented its case for a while as a consequence of delay in arrival of a senior legislation officer in the course of the listening to on the bail plea of Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar.

“You cannot play hide and seek with the court,” Justice Suresh Kait stated, including, “This is not the way. This is not acceptable. Court is not supposed to wait.”

He made these hard-hitting remarks when the junior counsel showing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought lodging for 30 minutes on the bottom that the legislation officer was busy in Rouse Avenue district courtroom.

Justice Kait had reserved the order on the bail plea asking the ED to file written submission by 12 PM of October 19 however later, allowed the company to begin arguments after Additional Solicitor General KM Natraj arrived and apologised for the delay.

The ASG met the choose in his chamber, adopted by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi who was representing Mr Shivakumar after which the courtroom agreed to listen to the ED and later reserved the order.

Accepting the apology, the choose heard the contentions of the ED which opposed Mr Shivakumar’s bail plea saying he was an influential individual and if launched, he may tamper with the proof and affect witnesses.

Mr Shivakumar, 57, was arrested by the ED on September three in a cash laundering case and is lodged in Tihar jail beneath judicial custody.

The ASG argued that Mr Shivakumar and his members of the family have acquired greater than 300 properties up to now and the investigation within the cash laundering case was happening.

“The main issue pertains to source of money which is not being disclosed. If a person is unable to explain the source, just by making payment or giving declaration to the Income Tax department, the ill-gotten money cannot be converted to white money and IT department is not authorised to regularise it,” he stated earlier than the choose who reserved the order.

The ASG stated this was a “classic case” of laundering of cash and added that Mr Shivakumar was evasive in his replies and was not answering correctly and he’ll hamper the probe, if granted bail.

Natraj, together with central authorities standing counsel Amit Mahajan, stated summons have been issued to 14 folks throughout investigation and statements have been recorded and the prosecution criticism (cost sheet) was but to be filed.

The legislation officer stated 317 financial institution accounts have been operated by Mr Shivakumar and his associates within the transaction.

He has acquired 24 agricultural properties, his brother has 27 and mom has 38. The belongings declared earlier than the election fee and IT authorities is Rs 800 crore, he stated, including that Mr Shivakumar’s daughter who had simply accomplished commencement has declared Rs 108 crore belongings.

Mr Shivakumar, a seven-time MLA in Karnataka, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on September three for the alleged offence beneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The 57-year-old Congress chief is at the moment lodged in Tihar jail beneath judicial custody.

He has approached the excessive courtroom difficult a trial courtroom’s order denying him bail within the case.

The ED had in September final 12 months registered the cash laundering case towards Mr Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah — an worker at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others.

The case was based mostly on a cost sheet (prosecution criticism) filed by the Income Tax Department towards them final 12 months earlier than a particular courtroom in Bengaluru on costs of alleged tax evasion and ”hawala” transactions value crores or rupees.

The Income Tax division has accused Mr Shivakumar and his alleged affiliate SK Sharma of indulging in transactions involving enormous quantities of unaccounted cash regularly by means of ”hawala” channels with the assistance of three different accused.

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