Mehbooba Mufti gets a big shock in money laundering case

Mehbooba Mufti gets a big shock in money laundering case
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High Court refuses to continue summons issued by ED to Mehbooba Mufti in PDLA case. 

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to continue the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the money laundering case. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said that they are not giving any relief to the PDP leader.

The court asked the ED to file a brief note on 16 April to present it before the next date along with a compilation of the decisions rendered by them.

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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED, said the mufti only had to appear before the authorities. The ED, which had earlier called the mufti for 15 March, was not issued summons for 22 March.

The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister has been summoned for 22 March.

Senior advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, representing Mufti, asked the court not to urge the ED for her personal appearance, as it had done earlier.

It has sought to declare Section 50 of the Money Laundering Act (the power of the ED officer to record statements) void and inactive, which is unfairly discriminatory, a violation of safeguards and a violation of Article 20 (3) of the Constitution . It has sought an interim stay on the summons till the question of law is decided in relation to the constitutionality of Section 50 of the Act.