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PMLA case: Won’t insist on Mehbooba Mufti’s personal appearance, ED tells Delhi HC

This came a day after Mufti challenged the summons issued to her by the central agency in connection with an Enforcement Case Information Report, and said she apprehends she may be made an accused by the ED.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: March 11, 2021 2:16:04 am
Mehbooba Mufti newsThe next date of hearing is March 19 (file)

THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it will not insist on former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s appearance before it on March 15.

This came a day after Mufti challenged the summons issued to her by the central agency in connection with an Enforcement Case Information Report, and said she apprehends she may be made an accused by the ED.

While adjourning Mufti’s petition to March 19, the division bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Jairam Bhambhani recorded the statement of the ED counsel that the summons requiring Mufti to appear before it on March 15 in New Delhi would not be insisted upon until the next date of hearing.

In her petition, the PDP leader alleged that the state has resorted to “a series of hostile acts” against her acquaintances and family friends ever since her release from preventive detention last year. She also challenged Section 50 of the Prevention of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 in the petition, contending that the provision was violative of the protection against self-incrimination and that the law needs to be revisited in light of a verdict passed by the Supreme Court last year.

“She has not been informed if she is being summoned as an accused or as a witness. She has also not been informed of what she is being summoned in connection with, and the scheduled offence under the PMLA which gave rise to the proceedings in respect of which Impugned Summons has been issued to her,” Mufti said through her counsel Prasanna S in the petition.

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