Delhi High Court Dismisses Mahua Moitra’s Plea Against ED Leaks in FEMA Case

Delhi High Court Dismisses Mahua Moitra's Plea Against ED Leaks in FEMA Case

New Delhi, February 24, 2024: The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition filed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra seeking to restrain the Enforcement Directorate (ED) from allegedly leaking “sensitive and unverified information” to the media regarding an ongoing investigation against her under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

Moitra had argued that details of her case were leaked to the media even before she received them officially, violating her constitutional rights. She had also sought to restrain 19 media houses from publishing “unverified and derogatory content” related to the investigation.

However, Justice Subramonium Prasad dismissed the petition, stating that Moitra had not demonstrated sufficient evidence of specific leaks or their impact on her rights. He also noted that the media houses named had not been given a chance to respond to the allegations.

Reactions and Implications:

Moitra’s lawyer, Rebecca John, expressed disappointment with the verdict, stating they would consider further legal options. She reiterated Moitra’s stance against the alleged leaks, highlighting concerns about fair trial and due process.

The ED declined to comment on the specific allegations of leaks, but emphasized their commitment to conducting fair and impartial investigations.

This development comes amidst ongoing political tensions between the TMC and the central government. The TMC has accused the BJP of using the ED and other agencies to target its political opponents, while the BJP denies such claims and asserts the agencies work independently.

Key Points to Remember:

The Delhi High Court dismissed Mahua Moitra’s petition seeking to restrain the ED from alleged leaks to the media.
Moitra argues the leaks violate her rights, while the ED maintains due process is followed.
The case adds to the ongoing political tension between the TMC and the BJP.

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