Additional Solicitor General Sandeep Sethi and central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan told the court that Modi is absconding and not joining the investigation and opposed the plea of Modi's firm Firestar Diamond seeking relief.
The court was hearing two pleas filed by fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi's firm Gitanjali Gems and billionaire Nirav Modi's firm Firestar Diamond challenging the apparently illegal seizure of documents and articles by the probe agency in money laundering cases related to the multi-crore rupee Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.
The court directed the Firestar Diamonds's lawyer Vijay Aggarwal to ask Nirav Modi to return to the country. Aggarwal responded that he is handling the matter related to company and he did not know Modi's whereabouts.
To which, the court said: "Oh, so you are blissfully unaware of all this."
The court expressed serious concern on Modi's statement that he will not submit to jurisdiction of Indian agencies or courts and said: "We are dealing with a fugitive here according to them (ED). A fugitive from justice stands on a different footing."
Gitanjali Gems has challenged certain provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and called the ED's action as "absurd" and not in accordance with the object and purpose of the PMLA.
The firm has also claimed that there was no connection of its property with the supposed proceeds of the crime.
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