Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday approached the Delhi Excessive Courtroom searching for quashing of summons issued to her by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for March 15 in a cash laundering case.
The 61-year-old PDP chief, who was launched final yr after greater than a yr in detention following the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing, has been served discover to look on the ED headquarters within the nationwide capital.
The petition is prone to be listed for listening to on Wednesday earlier than a bench headed by Chief Justice D N Patel.
Moreover, she has additionally sought to declare part 50 of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act as void and inoperative, being unfairly discriminatory, bereft of safeguards, and violative of Article 20(3) of the Structure.
Part 50 of the Act provides powers to authorities concerning summons, manufacturing of paperwork and to provide proof.
Ms Mufti has additionally sought an interim keep on the summons till the query of legislation in relation to constitutionality of Part 50 of the Act is set.
“She has not been knowledgeable if she is being summoned as an accused or as a witness. She has additionally not been knowledgeable of what she is being summoned in reference to and the scheduled offence underneath the PMLA which gave rise to the proceedings in respect of which impugned summons has been issued to her. The petitioner just isn’t the topic of investigation, neither is she an accused, in any of the scheduled offences to the perfect of her data,” the plea mentioned.
The plea claimed that ever since Ms Mufti was launched from the preventive detention following the formal abrogation of Article 370 of the Structure, there have been a sequence of hostile acts by the State, in opposition to her, acquaintances and previous household mates, who’ve all been summoned by the ED and a roving inquiry about her private, political and monetary affairs was made, in the middle of which their private gadgets have been seized.
She has additionally written a letter to the ED pointing to the roving nature of the inquiry undertaken within the case so far and that within the occasion that she is questioned, she’s going to insist on the legitimacy of the method, it mentioned.
“As a accountable member of society, the petitioner is all the time prepared and keen to assist the method of legislation. Nonetheless, it’s equally her obligation to convey to the discover of this courtroom, deviations from due course of in legislative and govt acts. The petitioner apprehends that the impugned discover is a method of bringing undue strain and harassment upon her and subsequently, the petitioner needs to say her constitutional rights on this regard,” the petition mentioned.
After receiving the ED summons, Ms Mufti had mentioned the Centre’s “ways to intimidate and browbeat political opponents” will not work.
“GOI’s ways to intimidate & browbeat political opponents to make them toe their line has develop into tediously predictable. They do not need us to lift questions on its punitive actions & insurance policies. Such short-sighted scheming will not work,” she had wrote on Twitter, with none point out of the ED discover.