A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to give bail to Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar in a money laundering case.
Special Judge Ajay Kumar dismissing the bail application of Shivakumar said: “…The investigation in the present case is still at the initial stage. In the course of arguments, the ED has shown certain documents like the list of 317 bank accounts and other documents of properties, etc. which shows that investigation is still at the crucial stage of examining the documents and their nexus with the assets of the applicant / accused. The applicant / accused, as argued, is an influential person, therefore, the apprehension that he may influence the witnesses or have some tampering with documents, cannot be treated as unfounded.
“The investigating agency must have a full, fair and free chance to investigate in depth so that it can reach to a logical conclusion. The release of the applicant at such crucial stage of investigation may hamper the investigation. Therefore, I am of the considered view that the applicant/accused is not entitled for bail at this stage of investigation.”
Read the judgment below:
-India Legal Bureau