A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale was listening to a petition filed by Khadse, in search of to quash the Enforcement Case Info Report (ECIR) registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in October final 12 months.
Khadse’s counsel Aabad Ponda sought the courtroom to grant the previous state income minister interim safety from any coercive motion, pending listening to of the plea.
The ED’s counsel, Anil Singh, informed the courtroom that the company wouldn’t take any motion until Monday (January 25).
The bench whereas posting the petition for listening to on Monday, nevertheless, sought to know why the ED was insisting on safety to be granted solely until Monday.
“What heavens are going to fall if the petitioner is given safety for few extra days? We’re at all times of the idea that the judiciary and businesses just like the RBI, CBI, ED and so forth ought to act independently and impartially,” Justice Shinde mentioned.
“There’s a risk to the very democracy if these businesses don’t act independently,” the courtroom added.
Khadse (68), who give up the BJP and joined the NCP In October 2020, appeared earlier than the ED in Mumbai on January 15 this 12 months to file his assertion within the alleged land seize case, pursuant to summons issued towards him.
The bench additional famous that the petitioner was cooperating with the probe and has additionally appeared earlier than the company for questioning.
“If anyone is able to cooperate and honour summons then we ask ourselves what’s the want for arrest,” the courtroom mentioned.
“On the finish of the day, he (Khadse) has cooperated and honoured the summons issued…he has appeared for questioning. We will perceive if somebody shouldn’t be cooperating,” Justice Shinde mentioned.
Khadse in his plea claimed the land in query was bought by his spouse and son-in-law from the proprietor legally and there was no illegality within the process.
In reply to Khadse’s petition, the ED in its affidavit on Thursday mentioned an preliminary investigation has clearly revealed numerous evidences exhibiting cash laundering within the case.
The ED claimed the ECIR was registered in October 2020 towards Eknath Khadse, his spouse Mandakini Khadse and son-in-law Girish Choudhari within the alleged land seize case in Pune, inflicting a lack of Rs 62 crore to the general public exchequer.
In keeping with the company, the land was bought at a low charge of Rs 3.75 crore with a legal intent to later search compensation from the Maharashtra Industrial Growth Company (MIDC), which was to accumulate the land in future.
It alleged that Khadse misused his official place as state income minister in 2016.
“The petitioner (Khadse), utilizing his official place and authorities equipment, manipulated the precise market value which was greater than Rs 31 crore at the moment,” the affidavit mentioned.
It mentioned the petition in search of to quash the ECIR was untimely and therefore, ought to be dismissed.
Khadse in his petition claimed that an FIR was lodged in the identical case in 2017, however the police later filed a closure report earlier than a courtroom in Pune.
The ED in its affidavit mentioned the courtroom has until date not accepted the closure report and therefore, the FIR shouldn’t be closed.
The company additionally mentioned it was probing the cash laundering angle within the case.