Delhi Hight Court refuses to stay summons issued to Mehbooba Mufti by ED in PMLA case

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Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate to Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

The High Court has deferred Mufti’s petition to April 16 refusing to grant any interim reduction. Mufti has now been summoned by ED on March 22.

Mufti had petitioned the Delhi High Court difficult the constitutional validity of Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The mentioned part offers with powers of ED authorities to summon a person, search paperwork and many others.

In her petition, Mufti has contended that the mentioned provision violates a person’s proper to safety towards self-incrimination. She has demanded that the mentioned provision wants to be revisited in wake of a latest Supreme Court ruling which upholds the constitutional safety towards self-incrimination.

In the mentioned ruling, handed final October, the apex court docket held that since investigating officers beneath the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act have been coated inside the definition of ‘police’ whereas recording statements, the statements they file from individuals they query will likely be hit by the bar of Section 25 of the Evidence Act, which says “No confession made to a police officer, shall be proved as against a person accused of any offence.”

Mufti was beforehand issued summons by ED on March 5 asking her to be part of the investigation in an alleged cash laundering case on March 15.

As per obtainable info the mentioned cash laundering case- in which Mufti has been summoned- was registered by ED final yr. Last yr in November and December the company had carried out raids at a number of places in reference to its ongoing cash laundering probe into suspicious transactions and alleged monetary fraud in J&Ok Bank.

In December final yr, the ED had additionally seized over Rs 28 lakh money after it raided the premises of Anjum Fazili, a detailed aide of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.

Few days after the raid, Mufti had shot off a letter to the ED Director on December 31 alleging vendetta towards her acquaintances and relations. The PDP President had accused the Modi authorities of misusing the ED for hounding “political opponents”.

Significantly, in her December 31 letter, Mufti had cited the identical FIR quantity beneath which she has been served a summon on Friday. She has been requested by ED to be part of the cash laundering probe in the identical FIR.

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