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- 2020 (7) TMI 119
Jurisdiction - power of Tribunal to grant stay/pass order of status quo - Retention of documents, digital devices and other things seized/recovered - section 17(4) of the PMLA - whether the Appellate Tribunal has jurisdiction to grant stay or passed any order of status quo which has the consequence of stalling the investigation? HELD THAT:- Section 26 (1) clearly provides that the appeal to this Tribunal is to be preferred against an order passed by the Adjudicating Authority. The Adjudicating Authority has passed the impugned order under Section 8(3) of the said Act allowing the application filed by the Respondent in the interest of investigation and interest of justice and permitted that the records seized in the case to be retained in terms of Section 17(4) of the PMLA, 2002. Since the order under challenged is an order passed by the A....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 421
Grant of Bail - Money Laundering - scheduled offences - submissions of applicant is that the applicant is an innocent person and has been falsely implicated in the case, he is having no previous criminal history and in jail since 07.01.2020 - HELD THAT:- The schedule offence was registered on 30.11.2007 by the CBI and the applicant co-operated in the aforesaid schedule offence and thereafter, charge sheet was filed before the Special Judge, CBI (Central), Lucknow on 06.10.2009, then the applicant surrendered before Special Judge, CBI (Central), Lucknow and he was released on bail on 15.12.2009, thereafter, the Enforcement Directorate registered the ECIR on 31.03.2010 and started investigation, but the applicant was not taken into custody under Section 19 of The Act and no Provisional Attachment Order under Section 5 of The Act was issued ....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 324
Money Laundering - allegation of depositing demonetized notes of more than ₹ 44 crores in accounts of various persons, including his own, and thereafter transferring it through RTGS into accounts of various other persons at Delhi and Kolkata, mostly in fictitious accounts - HELD THAT:- The petitioner is in fact the main player in the whole episode. It was submitted that he is the person who actually brought the demonetized cash to the Bank where it was allowed to be deposited in the accounts of others persons without their knowledge and subsequently, they were transferred through RTGS to other accounts. It was submitted that Shashi Kumar and Rajesh Kumar had given blank cheques to the Bank for being used in case they defaulted in the loan repayment and, having been given in good faith, were misused, in connivance with the Bank offic....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 309
Money Laundering - proceeds of crime - alleged purchase of fleet of cars out of the ill-gotten money and received about ₹16 crores in one year from Shell companies for bribing/ fixing cases in income-tax department - Section 120B/420 IPC and Section 13(2) read with 13(1) PC Act - Grant of Regular Bail. HELD THAT:- Issue Notice.
- 2020 (6) TMI 283
Jurisdiction of the National Company Law Tribunal, Hyderabad Bench-I, Hyderabad, to entertain the appeal - Money Laundering - diversion of money - Section 60(5) of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 - HELD THAT:- The issue sought to be raised including the power under Article 226 of the Constitution of India is no longer res integra. In a recent pronouncement, the Apex Court in M/S EMBASSY PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS PVT. LTD. VERSUS STATE OF KARNATAKA & OTHERS [2019 (12) TMI 188 - SUPREME COURT] has dealt with the same, which states that the jurisdiction of the NCLT delineated in Section 60(5) cannot be stretched so far as to bring absurd results. Thus, the NCLT has got no jurisdiction to go into the matters governed under the PMLA - the proceedings have been initiated before the jurisdictional Court by the petitioner pursuant to the Fin....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 216
Money Laundering - interplay between Section 306, and Section 308, of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 - revocation of the tender of pardon - HELD THAT:- The Certificate, of the Public Prosecutor, in the present case, does not allege that, before the Court, the respondent concealed anything essential, or gave false evidence. In fact, a holistic reading of the application, filed by the petitioner before the learned Special Judge, reveals that the grievance of the petitioner is, essentially, that the respondent has not cooperated during investigation, and has withheld material in his possession. Mr. Handoo is right when he contends that non-co-operation, during investigation, is not one of the circumstances contemplated, by Section 308 (1), as justifying issuance of certificate by the Public Prosecutor. Quite obviously, this is because ....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 116
Prayer for deposit of amounts deposited in the accounts opened in HDFC and DCB - HELD THAT:- I take on record the submission made by Mr. Jain, on instructions from Mr. Mahajan that the order passed by this Court on May 13, 2020 with regard to the payment of salary to the employees, has been complied with - The statement made by Mr. Luthra for not withdrawing the amounts deposited in the accounts opened in HDFC and DCB shall continue till the next date of hearing. List on 26th May, 2020.
- 2020 (6) TMI 115
Freezing of petitioner's Bank Accounts - permission to petitioner to pay the salaries to the employees for the month of April, 2020 by encashing FDRs of equivalent amounts - HELD THAT:- The petitioner is permitted to furnish to the respondents within 24 Hrs., list of the employees to whom the salaries have to be paid for the month of April, 2020. Respondents shall verify the list and convey their approval and objection, if any, with regard to any name, within 24 Hrs. of the receipt of the list from the petitioner. They shall send a communication to the Banks forthwith to enable the petitioner pay salary to its employees for the month of April, 2020, by operating / encashing the FDRs of the equivalent amount, (equivalent to the salaries to be paid to the employees). The petitioner is permitted to deposit the TDS and connected statutory....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 92
Grant of Anticipatory bail - case of petitioner is that the Accused petitioner was not even made an accused in the original case emanating from FIR No. 251/2015 registered with the Anti Corruption Bureau against other co-accused persons - HELD THAT:- Perusal of material on record and looking to the facts and circumstances of the case, specially to the fact that revision petition challenging the order dated 21.01.2019 passed by the trial court, has already been dismissed by a coordinate bench of this court as well as by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, similarly situated co-accused have already surrendered before the trial court and looking to the fact that accused petitioner is involved in serious economic offence involving huge sum of money and keeping in mind the principle of law enunciated by Hon’ble apex court in P. CHIDAMBARAM ....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 91
Grant of Bail - Money Laundering - Scheduled offences - allegation against the petitioner is that the petitioner amazed huge amount of movable and immovable property from his criminal activity in connection with twenty-six criminal cases against the petitioner - HELD THAT:- There is no material to substantiate that the petitioner would tamper with the evidence or be non-co-operative in the trial. In GURBAKSH SINGH SIBBIA VERSUS STATE OF PUNJAB [1980 (4) TMI 295 - SUPREME COURT], the Constitution Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court said that the bail is not to be withheld as a punishment. The main object is to secure the attendance of the accused at the trial. The proviso to Section 45 of the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act, 2002 is applicable in this matter. Considering the entire facts aforesaid, the petitioner deserves to be enl....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 90
Vires of Clause (ii) of sub-Section (1) of Section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 - amendment in section 45 - applicability of decision in the case of NIKESH TARACHAND SHAH VERSUS UNION OF INDIA AND ANR. [2017 (11) TMI 1336 - SUPREME COURT] where the Supreme Court has declared Clause (ii) of sub-Section (1) of Section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, ultra vires Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India - amendment in section 45, subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision, in case of Nikesh Tarachand Shah. Whether the amendment introduced in Section 45 of the Act, by Act No. 13 of 2018, shall amount to re-framing the entire Section 45 and thereby reviving and resurrecting the requirement of twin conditions under sub-Section (1) of Section 45 of the Act for grant of bail? HELD THAT:- In vi....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 89
Money Laundering - Freezing of petitioner's Bank Account - proceeds of crime - Permission to pay the salaries to the employees for the month of April, 2020 by encashing FDRs of equivalent amounts - HELD THAT:- The petitioners are permitted: (a) to discharge their liabilities towards salaries, bonus and reimbursements payable to their employees; (b) to make payments towards provident fund, professional tax, TDS on salaries and TDS on non-salary payouts from the bank accounts (including fixed deposits) that are subject matter of action by respondents Nos. 2 and 3, subject to verification by the concerned respondents of the list of employees and the amounts due (towards all heads of permitted payouts), for which purpose the petitioners shall furnish to respondent No. 3 a list of employees to whom salaries/bonus/reimbursements are require....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 64
Money Laundering - Release of petitioner on bail - loans to shell companies and related known entities - siphoning of funds - HELD THAT:- It is essential to observe that during the course the hearing of the present proceedings, it was suo moto by this Court brought to the notice of both the learned Senior counsel for the petitioner Mr. Mukul Rohatgi and learned Senior Standing Counsel for the State Mr. Rahul Mehra that in Writ Petition Civil Diary No.10829/2020 vide order dated 07.04.2020, the Hon’ble Supreme Court permitted the petitioner thereof who had challenged the criterion of the Hon’ble High Powered Committee of this Court dated 28.03.2020 putting an embargo to the release on interim bail/ parole of under trials in cases of alleged commission of economic offences and whereby vide order dated 07.04.2020, the Hon’b....... + More
- 2020 (5) TMI 562
Revocation of pardon - Section 308 of Cr.P.C - HELD THAT:- The application contains detailed allegations, on facts, to highlight that the respondent has misused the pardon, extended to him, and has not made a full and true disclosure of the information known to him, or the documents, over which he has control. Prima facie, it is not necessary to enter into the said details, as the learned trial court has dismissed the application of the petitioner on a preliminary ground, without examining it on merits. Resultantly, a pure question of law, relating to the circumstances in which revocation of pardon, under Section 308 Cr.P.C can be granted, and the conditions precedent therefor, arises for consideration. Issue Notice - List this matter for final disposal on 3rd June, 2020.
- 2020 (5) TMI 320
Provisional attachment of properties - physical possession of properties - COVID-19 pandemic situation - HELD THAT:- In view of the present circumstances, including the restricted functioning of the judicial authorities and the consequent impediment which may be faced in having the matter heard expeditiously by the Appellate Tribunal, the respondents are directed not to give any further effect to the impugned notices dated 01.04.2020 for a period of fifteen days from today or until the matter is taken up by the Appellate Tribunal, whichever is earlier. In view of the present situation, if it is not possible for the petitioners herein to sign the appeal paper book or the affidavits before the Appellate Tribunal, the same may be considered by the Tribunal on the signatures of learned counsel for the appellants, subject to the appellants making good the defects as soon as practicable, and not later than one week after the lifting of the national lockdown. Petition disposed off.
- 2020 (5) TMI 319
Bail application - Money Laundering - Scheduled Offences - an amount of ₹ 2.55 Crores was seized/recovered from possession of the co-accused Dhirendra Singh and Sanjay Sethi - HELD THAT:- It is not in dispute that the petitioners have been granted bail by the Coordinate Bench of this Court at Principal Seat, Jodhpur under section 439 Cr.P.C. under the scheduled offences. It is also not in dispute that the petitioners are in custody since 19.02.2020/ 17.03.2020. While dealing with the present bail applications, this court has to see three facts, 1. running away of the accused 2. tempering with the evidence 3. influencing witnesses - the petitioners are entitled to be released on bail for the reasons; firstly the argument of Mr. R.D. Rastogi, ASG that the petitioners failed to appear before the trial court from 21.01.2020 till 17.02.2....... + More
- 2020 (4) TMI 837
Commitment of scheduled offences - Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC), Varanasi - It is the contention of the present appellant that it is a State Authority and has been erroneously shown to have committed the scheduled offences - HELD THAT:- On perusal of the impugned order & PAO, it is seen that nowhere there is any allegations made by the ED that the present appellant has committed the scheduled offences or has generated proceeds of crime or laundered any proceeds of crime. In fact, it is admitted in the written reply to the appeal filed by ED that this appellant has been made as a party as it was the lessor of the property over which the defendants no(s) 1 to 3 has rights as lessee and the ED has got no objection if the order of the Adjudicating Authority is modified in relation to the contention of th....... + More
- 2020 (4) TMI 732
Money Laundering - investment of proceeds of crime - Acquiring of Liquor shops - allegation that the investment represent the process of integration of the proceeds of the crime with the main stream economy - Section 5(1) of the PMLA - It has been submitted on behalf of appellant that there is no material whatsoever on the basis of which the competent authority/adjudicating authority could have reasons to believe that movable and immovable properties purchased by the appellants were derived or obtained from proceeds of crime generated from criminal activity relating to schedule offence - right to appeal. HELD THAT:- The predicate offence and the offence of money-laundering are two distinct and separate set of offences. The offence of money laundering is independent of schedule offences. As per section 24 of PML Act, the burden of proof th....... + More
- 2020 (4) TMI 699
Bail Application - PMLA act - substance of the charge against the petitioner is that he was the person in control and management of one Rose Valley Group of Companies - price of debenture charged as per wishes of petitioner and without permission from statutory authorities - HELD THAT:- This Court is of the view that Section 436A in its application cannot be read de hors its provisos. The object and purpose of the section is to ensure that the person is not detained pending trial for a period that may exceed half of the total punishment prescribed under the Section under which he is charged. Upon exceeding such period, the petitioner is in fact entitled to be granted bail. The right to bail under Section 436A is not absolute. This Court notes that Rose Valley Group of Companies is being prosecuted various other proceedings both civil and criminal - Application dismissed.
- 2020 (3) TMI 1006
Restoration of possession of property - legal question raised by Respondent that this Tribunal is not empowered to restore the possession is not agreed to on the ground that the power of this Tribunal to issue stay order as well as order consequential thereto is inherent - HELD THAT:- The section 35(2)(h) of the PMLA, 2002 has empowered this Tribunal to set aside any order of dismissal of any representation for default or any order passed ex-parte. The restoration of possession in the present case is consequential to the order of restoration of appeal which was dismissed for default. The restoration of possession is an order during the pendency of the appeal and the status of the order of restoration of possession is same as in the case of passing of stay order. The main allegation against the appellant with respect to this property is th....... + More