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ED Plea Against Shivakumar's Bail Refers to Him as 'Former FM'; Agency Pulled Up for 'Copy Paste' Job

Senior Advocates AM Singhvi and Mukul Rohtagi noted the contents of the petition in question had been copied from the petition filed against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.

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Updated:November 15, 2019, 11:24 PM IST
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ED Plea Against Shivakumar's Bail Refers to Him as 'Former FM'; Agency Pulled Up for 'Copy Paste' Job
File photo of Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday slammed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for doing a shoddy job of "copy and paste" while challenging the bail granted to former Karnataka minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar. He was reportedly referred as "former Home Minister and Finance Minister" in the petition.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman said, "This is not the way you treat the citizens."

The bench expressed its anguish after Shivakumar's counsel, senior Advocates AM Singhvi and Mukul Rohtagi, noted the contents of the petition in question had been copied from the petition filed against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram who is currently lodged in Tihar jail.

The apex court, thereafter, junked the ED's petition challenging the Delhi High Court order granting bail to the Congress leader from Karnataka.

The court also expressed its unhappiness after being informed by the counsel representing Shivakumar that the ED has "resurrected" the stringent Section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), which was quashed in 2017.

The court had held this section as violative of the right to liberty. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended that Rs 142 crore of laundered money was recovered in this case, but the apex court did not accept his contention.

Justice Nariman, who delivered the minority judgement in Sabarimala review, told the Solicitor General to advise the government to read the judgement passed by the top court in the Sabarimala case on Thursday.

"Tell them our judgments are not to be played with," said Justice Nariman. He told the Centre an impression has been created that its officers don't comply with court orders. Justice Nariman also asked the Solicitor General to apprise the Centre and its officers of his dissenting judgement in the Sabarimala case.

"Ask your government and its officials to carefully read our judgement in Sabarimala. Tell them our judgements are not be played with. Kindly instruct your officers to read what the court has said about Article 141," said the judge.

According to Article 141, the law declared by the Supreme Court shall be binding on all courts within the territory of India. "Our orders must be complied with. We won't allow any violation," the judge said.

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