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ED challenges bail to DK Shivakumar in SC
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ED challenges bail to DK Shivakumar in SC

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to move a review petition before the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order granting bail to Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar in a money laundering case.

The move comes after the CBI also decided to seek a review of the bail granted to former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case. The Delhi HC on Wednesday granted bail to DK Shivakumar in a money laundering case, filed by the ED, saying he cannot tamper with the evidence or influence witnesses.

Justice Suresh Kait said the Congress leader was "entitled" for grant of bail as no material has been shown to indicate that he was a flight risk. The judge also said that Shivakumar, 57, cannot tamper with the evidence as the documents are with the investigating agencies.

The court further said that he no longer was in power and there was no evidence to show that he or his family members or close associates attempted to influence witnesses. It directed however that he be released on bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 25 lakh and two sureties of like amount.

Shivakumar, the Congress's all-weather troubleshooter, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on September 3 in a money laundering case. He was in Tihar jail under judicial custody for 50 days.