The Supreme Court has declined an urgent hearing of a plea filed by Kavitha, the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, seeking relief from the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) summons. The summons was issued in connection with a money laundering case against her.
Kavitha had requested an urgent hearing of her plea, which sought to quash the ED summons and prevent her from being questioned by the agency. However, the Supreme Court has refused to entertain her plea on an urgent basis.
The ED had issued summons to Kavitha in connection with a money laundering case involving a Hyderabad-based infrastructure company. The agency had reportedly found evidence suggesting that the company had allegedly received funds from abroad through shell companies.
Kavitha had challenged the summons, arguing that she was not involved in any illegal activities and that the ED had no jurisdiction to issue such a notice to her. She had also contended that the summons had been issued with malafide intentions and was an abuse of the agency’s powers.
However, the Supreme Court has stated that the case did not merit an urgent hearing and that Kavitha should approach the appropriate forum for relief. The Court further observed that the ED was a statutory authority empowered to investigate and prosecute offenses under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and that it was not appropriate for the Court to interfere with its functioning.
Kavitha’s plea will now be listed for a regular hearing before the appropriate court. The case is expected to be closely watched, given the involvement of the daughter of a prominent political leader in the state of Telangana.