SC’s PMLA ruling: 17 Oppn parties term order ‘dangerous’, seek review | India News,The Indian Express

In a joint statement, the Opposition leaders said the judgment will strengthen the hands of a government that "indulges in political vendetta" to target its opponents and expressed hope that this "dangerous verdict will be short-lived".

At least 17 Opposition parties have expressed apprehensions about the longterm impact of the Supreme Court verdict upholding the constitutional validity of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and sought a review of the order.

Underlining that “the principle of innocence of the accused/offender is regarded as a human right” but “that presumption can be interdicted by a law made by the Parliament/Legislature”, the Supreme Court last week upheld the provisions relating to the Enforcement Directorate’s powers of arrest, attachment, search, and seizure.

The Centre had told the Court that “it cannot be said that presumption of innocence is a constitutional guarantee”.

In a joint statement, the Opposition leaders said the judgment will strengthen the hands of a government that “indulges in political vendetta” to target its opponents and expressed hope that this “dangerous verdict will be short-lived”.

“We place on record our deep apprehension on the long-term implications of the recent Supreme Court judgement upholding, in entirety, the amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, without examining whether some of these amendments could have been enacted by way of Finance Act,” they said in the statement.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/strengthen-govt-political-vendetta-oppn-parties-sc-verdict-pmla-8068103/


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