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ED wants to correct ‘accidental slip’ in Chidambaram’s bail order, moves Delhi High Court

Facts of unconnected money laundering case were found in the Delhi High Court 15 November order denying bail to Congress leader P. Chidambaram.

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday approached the Delhi High Court seeking rectification of an “inadvertent” error in the order denying bail to former Union finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case.

The ED in its application urged the court to correct the “accidental slip/inadvertent error” that is there in the November 15 verdict passed by Justice Suresh Kait.

The facts of another case have found mention in the Delhi High Court order denying bail to Chidambaram.

The error is there in four paragraphs of the 41-page judgment.

Justice Kait reproduced some paragraphs from a 2017 Supreme Court order rejecting bail to Delhi-based lawyer Rohit Tandon in a money laundering case.

The judge also referred to a previous 2017 order of the high court in the case of Tandon versus the ED in which it was observed that “there is a provision of trial by a special courts in case of ‘schedule offences’ under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Possibility of a joint trial would arise under Section 44 of PMLA only when a charge sheet is filed upon completion of investigation and the case is committed to a special court.

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  1. ED pleads it’s case in front of that judge, and now it is telling the HC to forgive that judge because the mistake was inadvertent! ED is acting in a patronizing manner as regard to the same judge whom it addresses as “your honour” at every occasion. Even the justice system has become a farce under the present BJP rule.

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