Supreme Court says ED arrests are constitutional

Congress leaders have filed Petitions against Enforcement Directorate arrests in Supreme Court about Money Laundering cases. They have filed these petitions as ED issued summons to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi leaders of Indian National Congress in National Herald Money laundering case.

P. Chidambaram, senior leader of Congress and MP, Mehabooba Mufti have been among the petitioners. They have argued that ED is behaving like Police and hence, they have to follow Criminal Procedural Code.

Senior Judge A.M. Khanvilkar heard the arguments from ED side and petitioners side. Khanvilkar in his judgement stated that ED has been acting according to the rights given to them by Constitution and code of conduct. None of the arrests or investigations they did can be categorized as Police practice opined SC.

The petitioners argued that ED, Serious Fraud Investigation Office, Director of Revenue Intelligence shouldn’t be given provisions to seal the bank accounts, assets and arrest the accused without providing Enforcement Case Information Report copy to the accused as well. SC did not agree with them and said ED can record the statements and they can be considered as evidences.

ECIR will be provided during the time of arrest and in every case they need not be provided as FIR and court noted that there is a clear cut difference between both of them. Congress leaders are upset about ED summons and recent arrests, hence, they might try to go to court again with review petitions.

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