Bombay High Court says lack of separation of powers is a threat to democracy

  • A petition was filed by Eknath Khadse seeking to revoke an Enforcement Directorate complaint registered in October against him which was heard by a division bench comprising Justice S.S Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale. Meanwhile, Khadse’s counsel Aabad Ponda sought protection for his client against any coercive action

  • The ED’s counsel, Anil Singh, informed the court that the agency will refrain from taking any action till Monday. However he did not give permission to record Khadse’s statement and interrogation on audio-video.

  • The bench questioned why was there so much insistence that no interim protection should be granted to Khadse. Justice Shinde stated “What heavens are going to fall if the petitioner is given protection for a few more days? We have always believed that the judiciary and agencies like the RBI, CBI, and ED should act independently and impartially”.

  • Moreover the court added that there is a threat to democracy if these agencies do not act independently.


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