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Delhi High Court reprimands ED, grants bail [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 20 Jan 2022 7:19pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court reprimands ED, grants bail [Read Order]

The Delhi Court recently in the case of ED v. Jatinder Pal Singh pulled up the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a "casual and cavalier" approach in its investigation in a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case, observing that the accused's arrest had "preceded" the grounds of his arrest. 

The ED alleged that the accused had purchased cloth worth ₹6.60 crores from a company named M/s Astonishing Private Limited and sold it to M/s Shree Shyam Dhani Trading Company for ₹12.23 crore.

It was further alleged that both companies were bogus and untraceable, and made illegal earnings arising out of criminal activities related to scheduled offences. Singh was thus arrested on December 31, 2021.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana noted the same while acting on the bail plea of Jatinder Pal Singh, accused of money laundering. After hearing arguments of both the parties the court stated in the bail order that "This Court is constrained to bring on record its anguish regarding the casual and cavalier approach in which the investigation is being conducted. Unfortunately, even the supervisory officers have miserably failed to guide the investigating officer in the instant matter to ensure a fair and impartial investigation." 

It also further stated that "It appears that the officers involved in the investigation of the instant matter have even attempted to hoodwink their own Special Director while procuring the permission for arrest under Section 19 of PMLA by not disclosing the facts in its entirety or at least in the correct perspective before the worthy… Continue Reading...

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