SC junks Rana Ayyub’s plea challenging Ghaziabad court summons against her in PMLA case


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday dismissed a plea filed by journalist Rana Ayyub difficult summons issued by a particular courtroom in reference to a Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) case.

A Bench of Justices V. Ramasubramanian and JB Pardiwala stated that below Section 3 PMLA the place the place any of the six actions are carried out and that’s the place the place offense of cash laundering takes place and the query as to which is the place is a query of truth selected proof. “We leave it open to raise this issue before the trial court. We are dismissing this petition,” stated the bench.

Through the listening to, the Enforcement Directorate had argued that Ayyub obtained cash by means of a crowdfunding platform for the aim of slum dwellers, Covid, and a few work in Assam, nevertheless she diverted the cash and used it for “personal enjoyment”.

Advocate Vrinda Grover, representing Ayyub, had argued that may her consumer be disadvantaged of non-public liberty by a process not licensed by regulation? She stated the ED has hooked up her consumer’s private checking account in a financial institution at Navi Mumbai through which round Rs 1 crore was mendacity. Grover pressed that the Ghaziabad courtroom has no jurisdiction to attempt the offense because the alleged act is claimed to have been dedicated in Mumbai.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED, submitted that Ayyub raised funds of three points — slum dwellers, Covid, and for some work in Assam — on Ketto, which is a crowdfunding platform. He added that almost Rs 1 crore was collected and Rs 50 lakh was transferred to a private account in fastened deposit, and after the primary marketing campaign was over she stored receiving cash. “We found that money was diverted…used for personal enjoyment…people were donating crores without knowing where money was going…,” stated Mehta.

He additional submitted {that a} prosecution criticism was filed within the Ghaziabad courtroom by the company as a part of the reason for motion that had arisen in Uttar Pradesh, the place many individuals, together with from Ghaziabad, donated cash for its crowdfunding marketing campaign.

On January 31, the highest courtroom had reserved its judgment on Ayyub’s plea.

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