NEW DELHI: The enforcement directorate on Wednesday told the Delhi high court that it won’t insist on the personal appearance of former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti before it in a money laundering case for now.
Its stand came after the court told the agency not to press for her personal appearance till the court hears her petition next on March 18.
A bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup J Bhambhani was hearing Mehbooba’s plea, challenging the validity of the summons issued by the agency for appearing before it on March 15 without specifying the case she was being investigated in.
The summons was issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act but the case under which she was asked to appear was missing from the notice, the plea has argued.
“The petitioner is not the subject of probe, nor is she an accused, in any of the scheduled offences to the best of her knowledge,” the plea said, adding that since her release from preventive detention following the nullification of Article 370, “there have been a series of hostile acts by the state against her, her acquaintances and old family friends, who have all been summoned by the ED”. Mufti has also challenged the validity of Section 50 of PMLA under which she had been summoned and said the section was in violation of her fundamental rights.