Raising the issue through a special mention, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh (Cong) said it was former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who on July 19, fifty years ago had nationalised 14 private sector banks.
In his plea in the high court, Ramesh alleged that the amendments made to PMLA were "unconstitutional" and "illegal" as they have no relation to the money bill provisions enumerated in Article 110 of the Constitution.
The court last month exempted Ramesh from personally appearing before it but asked him to be present today. It had earlier granted bail to the Editor-in-Chief of The Caravan and a reporter from the same magazine.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also granted bail to The Caravan's editor-in-chief and its reporter, who appeared before the court after they were summoned as accused in the case.
In September, a five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court by a 4-1 majority upheld the validity of the Aadhaar Act. Ramesh had challenged it being introduced as a Money Bill and claimed that this was to avoid scrutiny of the same in the Rajya Sabha.
"The Modi government, since day one of assuming power in 2014, decided to change and weaken the environment protection laws in the country. The Environment Ministry has been weakened," the former Union environment minister said.