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Supreme Court: In a petition filed Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Senthil Balaji and his wife, challenging the Madras High Court’s judgment, wherein the Court held that the Directorate of Enforcement (‘ED’) was entitled to take Senthil Balaji into police custody, the division bench of AS Bopanna and MM Sundresh, JJ. has dismissed the said plea challenging ED custody in the money laundering case and allowed ED to have his custody till 12-08-2023 in connection with the cash-for-jobs scam.

The Madras High Court in its tie breaker judgment held that ED has the power to seek custody of a person arrested. Further, the Court excluded the time spent by Senthil Balaji in the Hospital from the initial 15 days’ time for grant of custody to ED. It was also held that the habeas corpus petition would be maintainable in exceptional circumstances, but this case does not attract any exceptional circumstance and consequently since an order of remand had been passed by a Court of competent jurisdiction, the relief sought in the petition cannot be granted.

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The Bench held that the word “such custody” under 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 would include not only police but other such custody. Further, it held that the habeas corpus petition was not maintainable, as the order of remand cannot be challenged in a habeas corpus petition. The Bench also rejected their plea that the ED’s arrest was illegal.

The Court further said that in case of any violation of the procedure for arrest prescribed in Section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (‘PMLA’), then action can be taken against the officer concerned in terms of Section 62 PMLA.

The Bench referred the judgment in CBI v. Anupam J. Kulkarni, (1992) 3 SCC 141, wherein it was held that police custody is not permissible beyond the first 15 days of remand, to a larger bench for reconsideration.

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Source: Press

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