Judge recuses from hearing petition of Deepak Talwar

A Delhi High Court judge on Monday recused himself from hearing a plea of alleged lobbyist Deepak Talwar challenging his detention by Indian agencies after he was deported from the UAE.

Justice Siddharth Mridul, who was heading the Bench, recused from hearing the matter without assigning any reason.

“The matter will be heard by a Bench in which one of us, Justice Siddharth Mridul is not a member,” he said, adding “less said the better.” The case would be listed for hearing before another Bench on March 14.

‘Rights violated’

Mr. Talwar had claimed that his arrest and custody from January 30 onwards was illegal detention.

He alleged that his fundamental rights were violated by the authorities.

The Bench had earlier sought the response of the Enforcement Directorate in which the agency had said that persons involved in large-scale money laundering and serious financial frauds have made it a practice to challenge various provisions of the PMLA, including the agency’s power to arrest.

‘Acted as a middleman’

It had alleged that Mr. Talwar, who was in judicial custody, acted as a middleman in negotiations to favour of foreign private airlines, causing loss to national carrier Air India.

The Enforcement Directorate had said Mr. Talwar was arrested by its competent officers under the PMLA and he was in custody pursuant to a valid remand order passed by a competent court, the jurisdiction of which was not in question, and that the habeas corpus writ was “not maintainable”.

Mr. Talwar claimed in his plea that when he was in Dubai, a travel ban was imposed on him by a court there in a commercial dispute, due to which he could not return to India despite repeated requests.

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