SC makes significant comment: 'ED can summon anyone, presence must be ensured if summoned'
SC makes significant comment: 'ED can summon anyone, presence must be ensured if summoned'

New Delhi: The Supreme Court's comment on the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) could escalate concerns for individuals, including Arvind Kejriwal. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court remarked that if an investigation into money laundering is initiated and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons someone, it is imperative for the summoned individual to comply.

The Supreme Court interpreted Section 50 of the PMLA law while hearing the case, presided over by Justice Bela M. Trivedi and Justice Pankaj Mithal. The bench emphasized that if the Enforcement Directorate summons someone in a money laundering case, their presence and submission of evidence are mandatory under the law.

Notably, the Enforcement Directorate is currently investigating an alleged sand mining scandal in Tamil Nadu. The Directorate had issued summons to five district collectors in Tamil Nadu in connection with this investigation. The Tamil Nadu government had challenged the Enforcement Directorate's summons in the Madras High Court, which had initially stayed the summons. The matter was then brought before the Supreme Court by the Enforcement Directorate, arguing that the stay on the summons by the Madras High Court was not justified. The Supreme Court upheld the arguments presented by the Enforcement Directorate and lifted the stay on the summons. Consequently, the five officers from Tamil Nadu will now have to appear before the Enforcement Directorate.

The Supreme Court's remarks hold significant importance, especially in the context of the Delhi liquor policy case. Despite multiple summonses, Arvind Kejriwal has not appeared before the authorities. This comment by the court could exacerbate Kejriwal's troubles. The Enforcement Directorate has filed a complaint against Arvind Kejriwal in a Delhi court, alleging his repeated failure to comply with summons.

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