Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the relief to Gupta whose judicial custody expires on Saturday and an order is yet to be passed on it. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The agency made the submissions in response to a plea by British-national Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the case, who accused the ED of politicising the matter by leaking the documents to the media.
Michel’s advocate Aljo K Joseph told the court: “He was asked by the investigating agency to give possible initialsfor people and that is all he did. He never named anybody in his statement before the agency, which is being leaked to the media.”
The fresh criminal case under the PMLA was filed by the ED against Khaitan on the basis of a case filed by the IT Department against him under Section 51 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed Tyagi to travel to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, France, Germany, the US and Canada. The court dismissed the CBI's contention that the accused may misuse the liberty to visit Italy and Switzerland and destroy the evidence.
Addressing rallies in Solapur, Maharashtra, and Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Modi asserted that the “chowkidaar” is doing his job, and that his government’s “cleanliness drive” against middlemen will continue irrespective of the abuse directed against him.