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    Was ED sleeping on black money case, asks SC

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asking if the department was sleeping since 2008 on the black money case.

    After seeing the ED status report on black money investigation, the two-judge bench of Justice B Sudarshan Reddy and Justice SS Nijjar observed: "It is difficult to stay calm on the way things are happening in this country."

    Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium also told the Supreme Court that tax evader Hasan Ali Khan had given a written statement to the ED that there was a danger to his life and that of his family.

    The ED also sought protection for its officials investigating the black money case.

    The ED told the Supreme Court that there has been a substantial breakthrough in the case and added that Hasan Ali's case is not only about a fake passport but has serious implications.

    Directing the ED to investigate the source of black money, the court also asked the Central Government why the angle of national security had not been probed till now.

    Justice Reddy asked the Gopal Subramanium as to why a multi-disciplinary special investigating team, comprising officials from the Research and Analysis Wing, Intelligence Bureau, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED should not be constituted by the court to investigate the case.