Adarsh case report on 12th, ED exempted

MUMBAI: After pulling up the Enforcement Director (ED) for inaction in the Adarsh land scam last week, the Bombay High Court on Monday exempted him from personally appearing for the next hearing. The court summoned the Special director to personally appear on 12th March and submit the status report stating what steps have been taken in the probe.

On March 28th the court termed the ED as a ‘mute spectator’ adding that, “There is a serious lapse on the agency’s part …It reflects a sorry state of affairs.” The court was hearing petitions that sought court’s orders to the ED to probe money-laundering offenses and ordered the ED to be personally present at the hearings. The investigating agency later filed an application seeking the court to modify its order and permit the special director or joint director to appear before it on given date.Senior Counsel RV Desai appearing for ED told the court that the special director or joint director would appear before the court and inform it about the probe.

“The Special Director is a higher official. We summon him along with a status report detailing what steps have been taken or proposed to be taken by ED against erring persons in connection with money laundering,” Justice Majumdar said. “CBI has found several members have purchased flats through benami transactions. It is ED’s job to look into this and take necessary action,” Justice Majumdar added. Mr Desai told that court that a special team has been formed under the supervision of the joint director and the agency is in the process of starting its investigation. However the court reminded the counsel that “people have instilled faith in the court…another SIT should not mean more time or delay.”(Eom)

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