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With what power did he order the banks to freeze Amnesty a / c, asks K’taka HC to ED | India News


BENGALUTRU: On Wednesday, the Karnataka High Court asked the Chief Compliance Officer (ED) to reveal under what power or authority of law he ordered the banks to freeze the accounts of Indians for Amnesty International Trust, Amnesty International’s branch in India.
Judge PS Dinesh Kumar gave the address while noting that even the copy of said order was not provided to the petitioner by the bank, citing confidentiality. The banking transaction is a fundamental right of the petitioner, he said. The trust, although it challenged ED’s August 25 communication to the banks, has claimed that it was continuously harassed and an interim order was approved on November 26, freezing certain bank accounts.
The petitioner argued that there is a serious violation of the provisions of the PMLA, since no orders were approved nor were the matters brought to the adjudicating authority within 30 days after the seizure. However, after a timely consultation of the court, the petitioner’s lawyer clarified that five accounts have not been attached.
The attorney for the central government clarified that the petitioner’s activities have been under surveillance for the past eight years. It said that the petitioner has an alternative remedy available, before the adjudicating authority and then the appeal authority under the PMLA.

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