‘This is no way to treat citizens’: SC dismisses ED’s plea against DK Shivakumar’s bail

Prime News, National, New Delhi, November 15:- In a relief to former Karnataka minister and Congress strongman DK Shivakumar, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea filed by the Enforcement Directorate challenging his bail granted by the Delhi High Court.

According to reports, the top court had noted that the ED had ‘copy-pasted’ from their petition against P Chidambaram, the former home minister, who is currently in Tihar Jail. The petition had apparently referred Shivakumar as a former Union Home Minister, instead of calling him an MLA.

Coming down heavily on the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the central probe agency, the apex court remarked, “This is not the way people of the country should be treated,” and asked him to read their dissenting judgment in Sabarimala issue.

Mehta, you should read the dissent in Sabarimala review. It is for people like you to educate and instruct the officials that our judgments are not to be played with,” Bar and Bench quoted Justice RF Nariman as saying.

The bench also issued notices to the ED based on a petition filed by Shivakumar which sought quashing of charges filed by the Income Tax Department based on which the ED had filed the charge sheet.

Shivakumar, who had spent 48 days in jail, was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on October 23 after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate. His previous applications for bail were rejected by the trial court.

While his police custody ended on September 19, he was remanded to judicial custody till October 1 by the Rouse Avenue Court. He was reportedly lodged in the same jail compound as former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

The ED had been probing accusations of money laundering registered against Shivakumar since August 2017, when a cash amount of Rs 8.86 crore was found at his New Delhi residence. Allegations against DKS include that he, along with his associates, transferred unaccounted money through hawala transactions to the Congress top brass. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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