Goa: The high court has granted relief to former chief minister Digambar Kamat and his wife Asha Kamat in a money laundering case registered by Enforcement Directorate (ED) against them.The court set aside the conditions imposed by the tribunal for “raising attachment” of the immovable properties. ED had attached the property and fixed deposit receipts (FDR) amounting to Rs 1.19 core.A division bench comprising justice MS Sonak and Justice MS Jawalkar observed, “The ED in the peculiar facts of the present case should have accepted the statements made by Kamats and Alemaos (Churchill Alemao and Maria Alemao) rather than to seek to dispossess them from their immovable properties even before the conclusion of the criminal proceedings pending against them.”
Referring to the order passed by tribunal dealing with the cases under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, the court held that “most of the directions in the order like calling upon the parties to furnish indemnities, etc. are not even contemplated under the scheme of the PMLA.”The aggrieved parties challenged the attachment before the tribunal. The attachment in respect of immovable properties was raised, subject to certain conditions by the tribunal. The attachment in respect of fixed deposits was confirmed and directed to continue. Digambar and his wife had approached the High Court. Alemaos did not file an appeal.
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