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HIGH COURT NOTICE TO ASSOCIATE JOURNALS AND MOTI LAL VOHRA

September 11, 2019 08:03 AM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Mr. Justice Surinder Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Associated Journals Limited and Sh. Moti Lal Vohra, a Senior Congress leader for 7-11-2019, on a petition filed by the Enforcement Directorate, challenging the validity of the order of ‘status quo’ passed by the Appellate Authority in favour of the Associated Journals Limited on 4-6-2019 on an appeal filed by them against the attachment of the Plot No. C-17, Sector-6, Panchkula.

*Mr. Jain said that, the Appellate Authority had no power to grant any interim order in favour of the appellant. He submitted that under Section 26 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, the Appellate Authority could modify, rescind or set aside the order but it has no power to grant any interim order to the appellant.

*Mr. Justice Surinder Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, after hearing Mr. Jain, issued notice to the respondents for 7-11-2019 and also issued notice regarding stay.

It may be mentioned that the Enforcement Directorate had registered an ECIR on 15-7-2016 against Associated Journals Limited on the allegation that Sh. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the then Chief Minister of Haryana, had re-allotted Plot No. C-17, Sector-6, Panchkula to Associated Journals Limited on a request made by Sh. Moti Lal Vohra, by ignoring the provisions of law and the opinion of all the Officers against such re-allotment. After notice, the Enforcement Directorate passed an order of provisional attachment of the property on 1-12-2018, which was confirmed by the Adjudicating Authority on 21-5-2019.

Associated Journals Limited filed an appeal against these orders and the Appellate Authority in Delhi, vide order dated 4-6-2019, ordered the maintenance of ‘status quo’ of this property.

Mr. Satya Pal Jain, Additional Solicitor General of India, with Ms. Sharmila Sharma Adv. appearing for the Enforcement Directorate, submitted that from the facts of the case it is clear that this Plot was re-allotted to Associated Journals Limited by the then Chief Minister of Haryana Sh. Bhupinder Singh Hooda in utter violation of the law of the land. It was found that the whole transaction is the result of a serious crime and was in violation of various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

He submitted that after the provisional attachment order and the confirmation order, when the Enforcement Directorate wanted to take possession of the property, Associated Journals Limited filed an appeal before the Appellate Authority in Delhi.

The Appellate Authority admitted the appeal and granted ‘Status Quo’ of the Property on 4-6-2019

Mr. Jain said that, the Appellate Authority had no power to grant any interim order in favour of the appellant. He submitted that under Section 26 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, the Appellate Authority could modify, rescind or set aside the order but it has no power to grant any interim order to the appellant.

Mr. Justice Surinder Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, after hearing Mr. Jain, issued notice to the respondents for 7-11-2019 and also issued notice regarding stay.

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