Delhi HC notice to govt, ED on meat exporter Qureshi’s arrest
By Team Legistify / 2017-09-01

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The Delhi High Court today sought response of the government and the Enforcement Directorate on businessman Moin Akhtar Qureshi’s plea challenging his arrest in a money laundering case.

A bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Nazmi Waziri issued a notice to the government and the ED, asking them to file the reply within five days.The controversial meat exporter, Qureshi, was arrested on August 25 and sent to the five-day custody of the ED by a trial court the next day for a thorough investigation in the case against him and others.

During the hearing, advocate R K Handoo, appearing for Qureshi, contended that he has been illegally detained by the ED. He claimed Qureshi had been directly arrested when he was called for questioning and was not informed of the grounds of arrest.

Central government standing counsel Anil Soni, who also appeared for ED, said that there was due compliance of Constitution mandate regarding informing a person about his arrest.The bench, however, said a person cannot be taken into custody without telling him the grounds and giving him an effective legal aid.

Information is not just to make a person read the grounds of arrest. You have to give him a copy of it,” the bench said and asked the Centre and ED to show the official records pertaining to the arrest on the next date of hearing on September 13.

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