Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on Tuesday extended prominent Congress leader DK Shivakumar's judicial custody till October 15 in a money laundering case.
The Judge has also allowed Enforcement Directorate to interrogate the leader from Karnataka in custody for two days - October 4 and 5.
The proceedings began with Enforcement Directorate's counsel Amit Mahajan moving an application for interrogating Shivakumar in custody. He said:
'Since the accused was hospitalised on September 14, we could not interrogate him sufficiently.'
The extension of judicial custody was also sought by Mr Mahajan as the accused's bail application is pending before the High Court the next hearing for which is scheduled for October 15.
Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Shivakumar, submitted that he's not against ED interrogating the accused but the same has to be done as per the new prison manual.
Krishnan pointed out that as per the new manual, ED's interrogating shall not interfere with the time allotted for family visits and meetings with lawyer. Moreover, during the interrogation, Investigating Officer should be accompanied by only 1 officer of ED.
'We do not want the entire ED to turn up for the interrogation', he remarked.
Apart from this, Shivakumar also asked for some books to be provided to him in jail, which was granted by the court.
Earlier, Shivakumar was remanded to 14 days of judicial custody on September 17. He has also filed a petition before the Delhi High Court asking for a copy of his statements given to the Enforcement Directorate under section 50 of PMLA. He was arrested by CBI on September 4.