Bombay High Court rejects Reliance Industries prayer

Ketan Tirodkar CBI appearance will not be postponed

Mumbai – 5 September 2018

The Bombay High Court has rejected the prayer made by Reliance Industries in a Public Interest Litigation against alleged shell companies. The division bench consisting of Mr Justice SS Shinde and Mrs Justice Mrudula Bhatkar given go ahead to the continuation of recording of Petitioner Ketan Tirodkar’s statement to CBI.

These prayers were made by filing an intervention application (11/2019) in Crl PIL 27/2017.

As per the Intervention application- a Criminal Publice Interest Litigation had been filed by former journalist Ketan Kamlakar Tirodkar seeking probe by Enforcement Directorate and CBI into an allegation of “business” of registering thousands of “shell companies” which are allegedly floated by different groups and are allegedly indulging in activities of money laundering, etc.

The intervention application states that neither Reliance Industries limited nor its group companies are shell companies as alleged by the Petitioner.

According to the PIL – 27/2017, many comapnies were encorporated on an address – 84A Mittal Court, Nariman Point Mumbai. The petitioner has annexed a list of such companies as per Annexure B.

Reliance Industries contended in the intervention application that the Bombay High Court, vide its various orders, directed the ED/CBI to apply its minds to the facts and take a decision as to whether it intend to proceed on the basis of the allegations of the Petitioner.

Accordingly the Petitioner was called at CBI office on previous occassions and has to attend the CBI again on 7th September 2019.

Reliance Industries sought postponement of this appearance dated 7th September but the High Court refused to grant such a prayer.

Read the order in this regard HERE.

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