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Supreme Court to assess the scope of ED's authority on investigations and arrest

Lawstreet Journal 2 Aug 2021 4:20pm

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The Supreme Court of India, would set a hearing schedule and then rule on several questions pertaining to the Enforcement Directorate's authority to conduct investigations, issue summonses, arrest, investigate, and seize evidence.

Approximately 200 petitions regarding the interpretation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and the scope of the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) powers are outstanding.

Because the legal interpretation of the PMLA, Companies Act, and Customs Act is in doubt in such instances, all trials and investigations in a number of high-profile cases have been halted until, the court rules on these problems. Some of these petitions date back to 2014.

The outcome of this case will have ramifications for the ED, DRI, Customs, and all other agencies that aren't classified as “police agencies.”


Karti Chidambaram's INX media inquiry, corruption accusations involving former Akali minister Sarwan Phillaur and his son, the e-Tender scandal in Madhya Pradesh, money laundering charges against diamond dealer Ritesh Jain, and other businesses are among the cases before the Supreme Court.

The current controversy over extortion and money laundering accusations against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, who had challenged the ED's summons in the Supreme Court, is also included in the slew of cases.

The special bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Krishna Murari, and V Ramasubramaniam took notice of a number of concerns presented in these instances during a comprehensive hearing on July 26 (Monday).

On July 30(Friday), a special bench of the Supreme Court will hear various… Continue Reading...

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