New Delhi, Mar 9 (ILNS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today knocked the doors of the Delhi High Court, challenging the summons issued against her under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act by the Enforcement Directorate.
The plea also challenged the vires of Section 50 of the PMLA, which empowers the officers of the Enforcement Directorate to summon any person to give evidence or produce records. All persons summoned are bound to answer questions put to them, and to produce the documents as required by the ED officers, failing which they can be penalised under the PMLA.
The PDP president stated in her plea that she has not been informed, whether she is being summoned as an accused or as a witness. She further stated that she has also not been informed of what she is being summoned in connection with, and the scheduled offence under the PMLA, which gave rise to the proceedings in respect of which the Impugned Summons have been issued to her.
“The petitioner is not the subject of investigation, nor is she an accused, in any of the scheduled offences to the best of her knowledge,” the plea contended.
Earlier this month, the Enforcement Directorate summoned Ms Mufti in a money laundering case on March 15 in Delhi, according to officials.
The 60-year-old PDP leader, who was released last year after more than a year in detention, has been served notice to appear at the ED headquarters in the national capital.
“The Petitioner apprehends that issuing Summons is a means of bringing undue pressure and harassment upon her and therefore, she wishes to assert her constitutional rights in this regard,” the plea said.
“Ever since Ms Mufti was released from preventive detention following the formal abrogation of Article 370, there have been a series of hostile acts by the state against her acquaintances and old family friends, who have all been summoned by the ED and a roving inquiry about her personal, political and financial affairs was made, in the course of which their personal devices have been seized,” the plea stated.
The 60-year-old also wrote a letter to the Enforcement Directorate, among other things, pointing to the roving nature of the inquiry undertaken in the case thus far and that in the event that she is questioned, she will insist on the legitimacy of the process.
“As a responsible member of society, Ms Mufti is always ready and willing to aid the process of law. However, it is equally her duty to bring to the notice of this Court, deviations from due process in legislative and executive acts,” she said. ILNS/SNG/JR