Delhi High Court in an order today has allowed Rana Ayyub, a journalist to travel abroad but with certain conditions of informing the Enforcement Directorate where she was staying and also to deposit some security amount. She has also been asked to share her travel details
Justice Chandra Dhari Singh said that the detail order shall passed later “Writ allowed, petition disposed, will pass detailed order”.
The journalist Ayyub had been stopped at the immigration authorities by the Mumbai airport on the basis of a lookout circular (LOC) issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case
Justice Singh also questioned the ED counsel about look out order “How do you defend your lookout circular? It is an admitted fact that whenever summon was issued, she replied and appeared before officers. How do you say that she is avoiding investigation?
SV Raju, Additional solicitor general (ASG) ,who appeared on behalf ED, said some documents were asked from Ayyub which were not submitted. “She is saying they were received from Bombay office which isn’t correct.
The Counsel further said it was a serious matter and we apprehend that she may go out and not come back.
SV Raju also added that “Fake bills have been provided, prima facie there is a case of cheating, and all that the agency wants is for her to sit explain, sit with us, give us statement. Post that she may go anywhere.
On 10th February, ED had attached funds from Rana Ayyub’s bank account worth ₹1.77 misappropriation, although she denies the allegations.
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