Madras HC quashes ED case against DMK MP Jagathrakshakan

The charge against Jagathrakshakan was that he allegedly usurped the properties of Chrome Leather Factory in Chromepet.

Published: 17th November 2022 08:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th November 2022 08:04 PM   |  A+A-

Madras HC

Madras HC (File Photo | EPS)

By PTI

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has quashed a case registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against DMK MP S Jagathrakshakan.

The division bench of Justices P N Prakash and RMT Teekaa Raman quashed the proceedings registered by the ED in June 2020 on the basis of two First Information Reports (FIRs) of the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID), while allowing a petition from the Arakkonam constituency MP.

The charge against Jagathrakshakan was that he allegedly usurped the properties of Chrome Leather Factory in Chromepet.

A single judge of the High Court had already in September this year quashed the two FIRs registered by the CB-CID and therefore the ED could not proceed with its case, the judges said.

In this connection, they cited a recent ruling of the Apex Court on a similar issue.

"The ED could not be allowed to proceed further with the investigation that it had initiated solely on the basis of the predicate offence," the judges added.



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