“In the first case filed in 2018 on charges of illegal transfer of money, ED submitted a charge sheet against him and conducted an investigation. There was no need to file a second case and conduct an inquiry in 2020. The summons issued in this regard and the inquiry process should be completely cancelled,” Shivakumar had pleaded in the petition.
Objecting to the hearing of this application, ED said, “Both the cases have different facts and the nature of the crime is also different here. Therefore, the contention of the complainant that re-investigation is being conducted in connection with the same case is not acceptable,” it said. The ED told the Delhi High Court that DK Shivakumar will not be arrested for now in the money laundering case.
A two-judge bench headed by Justices Mukta Gupta and Anish Dayal gave one week to senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mayank Jain, who argued for DKS, to file their response to the ED opinion. After hearing the arguments, the court adjourned the hearing to December 2.