Congress leader DK Shivakumar sent to 14-day judicial custody; Laxmi Hebbalkar next?

Congress leader DK Shivakumar sent to 14-day judicial custody; Laxmi Hebbalkar next?

A Delhi court today sent Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar to 14-day judicial custody. Shivakumar, who was arrested on 3rd September by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, was produced before the court on the expiry of his custodial interrogation.

Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar directed the ED to take Shivakumar to the hospital first and to see whether the doctor suggests admitting him there. The court has listed Shivakumar’s bail plea for hearing tomorrow at 3.30 pm.

Designated judge Ajay Kumar Kuher asked officers of ED to take Mr Shivakumar to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, from where he is to be brought back to court, for treatment on Wednesday afternoon when arguments on his bail application start again.

“It is directed that the accused be first taken to the hospital and only after his medical condition is opined to be stable, should he be sent to judicial custody in Central Jail, Tihar. In case, he is admitted in the hospital, his custody shall be taken over by the Superintendent Central jail, Tihar who shall provide guards for the accused. In case of his admission in the hospital, the doctors shall hand over his custody to the Superintendent, Central jail, Tihar only on his discharge,” the judge said, in his order at the end of arguments by senior counsel Mr Mukul Rohtagi and others representing Mr Shivakumar during his plea for bail, and Mr M K Nataraj, counsel of ED.

Meanwhile Belagavi Congress MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar, considered a close associate of former minister D.K. Shivakumar, has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the money laundering case. Mrs Hebbalkar said. she was asked to be present on September 14 but asked for a different date. The authorities then asked her to be present on Thursday.