Shivakumar was booked along with Haumanthaiah — an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi — and others for alleged offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on charges of alleged tax evasion and 'hawala' transactions worth crores or rupees.
The ED made the submission before Justice Brijesh Sethi, during hearing of two separate pleas by Shivakumar's wife Usha and mother Gowramma. The women have challenged the summons issued to them by the ED in the money laundering case.
The ED summons for Rajanna, a former Congress MLA, is linked to nearly Rs 200 crore loans given by co-operative banks in Karnataka in the 2015-17 period to a sugar firm run by a close associate of Shivakumar.
Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar refused to grant any relief to Shivakumar, currently lodged in Tihar jail, while noting that he is an influential person and may influence the witnesses or tamper with documents.