29 March Wednesday

High Court Annuls Cases Against ED; Asks Crime Branch To Approach Trial Court

Web Desk (TVM)Updated: Friday Apr 16, 2021

Kochi  :The High Court on Friday quashed all cases filed    by Crime Branch against Enforcement Directorate(ED). Cases based on culprit testimonies should be handled  by trial courts, HC observed.

Justice V.G. Arun ruled for the sealed secret testimonies from Sandeep Nair to be handed over to the trial court.  The lower court may decide on appropriate course of action,  said HC.  If ED officials attempted to fabricate evidence, police should have reported the matter to the  magistrate overseeing the case,  HC further observed.

Context: Crime Branch registered its case against ED  following Sandeep Nair’s testimony that he was coerced to name the Chief Minister in the gold smuggling case, he is currently charged with.