The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition of journalist Rana Ayyub. Rana Ayyub had challenged the summons issued by the Ghaziabad court, but the Supreme Court said that he should speak in the Ghaziabad court. This summons has been issued to Rana Ayyub for embezzling crores of rupees from people in the name of donations. He argued that the matter does not come under the jurisdiction of the Ghaziabad court. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had opposed this argument.
On January 31, a bench of Justices V Ramasubramanian and J B Pardiwala reserved the order on a petition filed by Rana Ayyub. During the hearing, the ED had told the bench that Rana Ayyub had taken around Rs 2.70 crore from the general public by running a campaign through the online crowd-funding app, ‘Keto’. The donation was taken in the name of helping the poor in Assam, Bihar and Maharashtra affected by Covid, but they transferred the amount to their father and sister’s account.
In this case, the ED had said that it has filed a charge sheet in the Ghaziabad court after investigation. On the basis of this, the court has issued this summons. The Supreme Court should not stop this action. At the same time, Rana Ayyub argued that his bank account is in Navi Mumbai. Even if a crime has been committed, it can be heard in a Mumbai court. The ED had responded by saying that many people from Ghaziabad and Uttar Pradesh had donated, so hearings could be held here too.
On this, the Supreme Court has said in its order that the crime has been classified in 6 ways under Section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The Supreme Court is dismissing Rana Ayyub’s petition. He should prove in the Ghaziabad court that no part of the crime is related to Ghaziabad.
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