NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Friday refused to revisit its decision making it mandatory for Enforcement Directorate (ED) to furnish written grounds of arrest to an accused before taking him into custody and dismissed the Centre’s review petition.
“We have carefully gone through the review petitions and the connected papers. We do not find any error, much less apparent, in the order impugned, warranting its reconsideration.The review petitions are dismissed accordingly,” a bench of Justices A S Bopanna and Sanjay Kumar said.The apex court had held that information must be provided to the arrested person to enable him to seek legal counsel and, thereafter, present a case before the court to seek release on bail.

“To give true meaning and purpose to the constitutional and statutory mandate of Section 19(1) of the Act of 2002 of informing the arrested person of the grounds of arrest, we hold that it would be necessary, henceforth, that a copy of such written grounds of arrest is furnished to the arrested person as a matter of course and without exception,” the court had said.
Directing Enforcement Directorate to act within the four corners of law and with utmost probity, Supreme Court had also said that the agency could not arrest a person just because of no response to its queries and non-cooperation in response to ED summons.

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