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ED seeks dismissal of Virbhadra’s children plea in HC

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday sought dismissal of a plea by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s two children from Delhi high court, challenging the provisional attachment 
order of some of their assets in connection with a money-laundering case.

“The present petition is not tenable at this crucial stage of investigation,” a Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath was informed by ED Joint Director in an affidavit.

The ED’s response came in the backdrop of the court’s April 6 notice issued to it on a plea filed by Singh’s daughter Aparajita Kumari and son Vikramaditya Singh, who have also sought stay on the March 23 provisional attachment order (PAO) of ED, saying it has “exceeded its jurisdiction”.

Opposing the plea, the ED in its affidavit, filed through the Central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan said the “purpose of attachment under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 needs to be seen. All attached properties have been found to be prima-facie involved in the offence of the Money Laundering.” 
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