Delhi HC refuses to grant relief to Mehbooba Mufti on ED summon

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The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the summons issued to Mehbooba Mufti by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged money laundering case.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister has been summoned for 22 March. Mufti has sought quashing of summons issued to her by the ED in a money laundering case. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said they are not granting any relief to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader.

The court asked the ED to file a short note of submission along with compilation of judgements relied upon by them before the next date on 16 April. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED, said Mufti just has to appear before the officials.

Senior advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, representing Mufti, urged the court to ask ED not to insist for her personal presence as was done earlier. To this, the bench said, “We are not giving any stay. We are not granting any relief.”

She has also sought to declare section 50 (power of ED officer to record statement) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act as void and inoperative, being unfairly discriminatory, bereft of safeguards, and violative of Article 20(3) of the Constitution.

She has also sought an interim stay on the summons until the question of law in relation to constitutionality of Section 50 of the Act is decided.

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