The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday produced an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), registered against Major and Medium Irrigation Minister D.K. Shivakumar and others in a money laundering case, in a sealed cover before the High Court of Karnataka.

Justice Aravind Kumar, who perused the ECIR, returned it to the ED and asked it to produce it again if the court finds it necessary.

The court has been hearing petitions filed by Mr. Shivakumar and four of his associates questioning the summons issued by the ED asking them to appear for questioning in the case.

Additional Solicitor General Prabhuling K. Navadgi contended on behalf of the ED that the petitions were “premature” as the ED had just begun its investigation based on the contents of the case registered by the Income Tax Department alleging transaction and transportation of several crores of rupees of unaccounted-for money by the petitioners.

It was pointed out to the court that the investigation was in the nascent stages and it required the petitioners’ questioning. It was also clarified to the court that the petitioners were not asked to bring any documents along with them.

The ED had initially asked Mr. Shivakumar to appear before it for questioning on February 8, but the court gave the Minister and the others liberty to seek extension of time in view of the pendency of litigation.

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