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Anubrata Mondal, leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has moved the High Court challenging the production warrant issued by Rouse Avenue Court on Monday in the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) case in connection with the multi-crore cattle smuggling case in West Bengal.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) Leader Anubrata Mondal has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the production warrant issued by Rouse Avenue Court, Delhi in the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) case, in connection with the multi-crore cattle smuggling case in West Bengal.
During the hearing today, Senior Advocate N. Hariharan appeared for Mondal. Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Anupam Sharma informed the single-judge bench that the production warrant has reached West Bengal. Sharma contended that till January 9, 2023, no action will be taken in the present case, and stated he’ll write an email to the West Bengal authorities on the same.
Taking note of the submissions, Justice Jasmeet Singh listed the matter for further hearing on January 9, 2023.
The Trial Court on Monday issued a production warrant for the TMC Leader. Mondal is currently in Asansol Correctional Home in West Bengal. Special Judge Raghubir Singh ordered, “The Jail Superintendent Asansol Correctional Home, Asansol, Pashmimi Bardhman, West Bengal is hereby directed to produce this accused namely Anubrata Mondal before the Court of undersigned”.
The court was hearing an application filed by Assistant Director ED, seeking ‘production’ of accused Anubrata Mondal.
Earlier, on August 11, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Anubrata Mondal, a close aide to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in connection with the cattle smuggling case. On August 5, the CBI served a summons on Mondal for questioning in connection with the cattle smuggling case. On August 8, Mondal was summoned to the CBI office at Nizam's Palace in Kolkata.
In April, the trial court had taken cognizance of a chargesheet filed by the ED against other accused namely former Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Vinay Mishra, his brother Vikas Mishra and Md. Enamul Haque, the alleged kingpin of cattle smuggling ruckus across the India-Bangladesh border.
Special Judge CBI Sanjay Garg, while taking cognizance had noted that ED had filed a charge sheet under Sections 44 and 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 for the offences under Sections 3 and 70 of PMLA, punishable under Section 4 of PMLA.
Case Title: Anubrata Mondal & Anr. v. ED
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