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HC to hear in Sept pleas of Virbhadra's kin in PMLA cases

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The hearing in two separate cases allegedly involving Virbhadra Singh's wife and daughter and baron J Sekar Reddy was today adjourned till September 14 by the Delhi which was informed by the ED that the is seized of the matter relating to the challenge to certain provisions of the

The (ED) said its power to arrest an accused under the Prevention of Act has been challenged before the apex court and urged the to adjourn the hearing on the batch of petitions which also challenge various provisions of the PMLA.

Justice listed the matter for hearing on September 14.

and Amit Mahajan, appearing for the ED, submitted that the decision of the will have a direct bearing on the cases pending before the and it should be heard after the apex court decides the issue.

The high court was to hear the maintainability of a batch of 19 petitions in two separate money laundering cases allegedly involving Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha Singh, daughter and baron and former Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) J Sekar Reddy and his business associates S Ramachandran and K Rethinam.

The various accused in the two separate cases have challenged the ED's FIR against them, provisional attachment orders regarding their assets and all further proceedings.

A division bench of the high court had earlier referred the matter to the after upholding the validity of a clause in the PMLA which empowers the ED to provisionally attach the properties bought from proceeds of

The bench had rejected the pleas of the accused challenging the constitutional validity of the provision.

While hearing ED's plea challenging the interim relief from arrest granted by the high court to Karti Chidambaram in the money laundering case, the apex court had said it would clear the "confusion" which has crept in due to divergent views of different high courts on ED's power to arrest.

The apex court also transferred to itself the matters pending before the relating to the power of the ED to arrest in money laundering cases.

In the money laundering case against Virbhadra and his wife, the ED had attached assets worth nearly Rs 5.8 crore belonging to and Rs 1.34 crore of the former

The ED had registered a case against the sand baron Reddy and others soon after the CBI booked them for possessing Rs 33 crore in new denomination of Rs 2,000, barely a month after demonetisation in November 2016.

After the accused were released on bail as the CBI failed to file charge sheet within the mandatory 90-day period, the ED arrested them on charges of money laundering. The had granted conditional bail to Reddy and others.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:30 IST