[Delhi Excise Policy Case] Supreme Court to hear Telangana CM's Daughter's plea challenging ED summons on March 24

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Notably, Kavita was asked to appear before ED in Delhi, purportedly to confront her with an arrestee in the case but this did not actually happen when she appeared before the agency.

Supreme Court today agreed to hear Telangana Chief Minister's daughter K. Kavita's plea challenging the summons issued to her by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the Delhi Excise Policy case.

It is Kavita's case that she has been implicated on basis of certain statement of persons who have given incriminating statement qua themselves as well as allegedly against her.

The matter was mentioned before CJI DY Chandrachud who refused immediate hearing and posted the matter on March 24.

It is Kavita's claim that she is not named in the FIR and that the summons are in teeth of Section 160 CrPC which stipulates that no woman shall be required to attend as witness at any place other than the place in which she resides.

Moreover, ED is said to have given a very short notice to Kavita for appearance and has denied her requests to be examined at her residence or to extend the date of examination.

It has been further alleged that the CM's daughter was forced to produce her cell phone even though she was summoned under Sections 50(2), 50(3) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, which do not require production of mobile. ED is further said to have seized her device and interrogated her, much after the sunset. 

Kavita has added that ED has been adopting highly coercive tactics and third degree measures in connection with their investigations.

She has also been asked to appear before the agency again tomorrow, on March 16.