Supreme Court questions Tamil Nadu's writ petition against ED summons to its district collectors

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"How can state file a writ against Enforcement Directorate?", questioned Justice Bela Trivedi led bench asked

The Supreme Court today questioned Tamil Nadu government's writ petition filed before the Madras High Court against summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate to five of the state's District Collectors.

While doing so, a bench of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal observed that the officials were duty bound to respond to the summons.

In the case, summons were issued by ED over an alleged illegal sand mining scam in Tamil Nadu.

It is to be noted that ED approached the Supreme Court by was of an SLP against a November 2023 order of the Madras High Court whereby an interim stay on the operation of summons issued by the ED.

Top Court has issued notice in the SLP by ED while it also mulled over revoking the stay imposed by the impugned order.

High Court in the impugned order noted that the summons appeared to be part of a "fishing expedition", and prima facie, there was no jurisdiction to issue the summons to any of the State's district collectors.

The matter will now be heard on Monday.

Case Title: Enforcement Directorate vs. State of Tamil Nadu