Court denies ED nod to quiz its officer held in TN | India News – Times of India

MADURAI: Dindigul chief judicial magistrate (CJM) court Friday dismissed Enforcement Directorate‘s plea seeking permission to interrogate its officer Ankit Tiwari, who was arrested by Tamil Nadu‘s Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on the charge of taking bribe from a doctor.
CJM J Mohana passed the order after taking into account the objections raised by DVAC that ED had not given a strong reason to inquire Tiwari.
The petition filed by ED’s assistant director Raja Ram Meena stated that DVAC sleuths had arrested Tiwari based on a complaint by Dr T Suresh Babu, chief civil surgeon of Dindigul Government Medical College Hospital, for allegedly accepting a bribe for settling a case registered against him by the ED.
Stating that there was a requirement under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to inquire Tiwari, the petition sought a direction to the prison authorities to permit ED officials to examine him and record his statement for three days.
DVAC said that ED’s petition was not maintainable, since no one had power to interrogate an accused in judicial custody after lapse of 15 days from initial date of remand. The state vigilance directorate further submitted that the petitioner had not stated whether Tiwari had been named as accused or not in the ECIR.
The CJM court said ED had given a very vague reason to inquire the accused. Observing that it was unable to understand ED’s urgency to inquire Tiwari while the forensic report was still awaited, the court dismissed the plea.

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