Delhi, 23 Oct 2019: The Delhi High Cout on Wednesday granted bail by the Delhi High Court on a bail bond of Rs. 25 lakh plus two sureties in a money laundering case in which he is being lodged in Tihar jail.
The court has ordered that Shivakumar cannot leave India without the court's permission. Justice Suresh Kait, while granting bail to Mr Shivakumar, said he is not a flight risk, according to news agency PTI. The judge said Mr Shivakumar cannot tamper with evidence as the documents are with the investigating agencies and there is no material to show he has influenced witnesses.
Earlier in the day, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi reached Tihar jail to meet Shivakumar, her party’s lead troubleshooter in Karnataka. Sonia Gandhi was accompanied by Karnataka in-charge and Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal. Congress insiders say that Sonia Gandhi’s visit was also meant as a message to party leaders and DK Shivakumar’s detractors in Karnataka that the high command has offered him complete support.
Shivakumar had played a key role to shelter the Congress’s Gujarat lawmakers ahead of a crucial Rajya Sabha election in 2017, sequestering them at his resort in the outskirts of Karnataka capital Bengaluru. It is around this time that the income tax authorities raided properties linked to Shivakumar.
In these raids, the income tax department officials said they had seized unaccounted cash of Rs 8.82 crore from his Delhi house. DK Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on September 3 in a money laundering case based on a complaint filed by the tax department in September 2018 alleging hawala transactions and tax evasion.