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Bombay HC Quashes Letters Rogatories in Adani Coal Import Case

Coal News - Published on Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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The Bombay High Court has quashed all Letters Rogatory sent by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence to Singapore and other countries in its probe of Adani group firms for alleged overvaluation of Indonesian coal imports. The court said it did not go into merits of LRs issued by a metropolitan magistrate but found that due procedure had not been followed while issuing them. A division bench of justices Ranjit More and Bharati H Dangre allowed the writ petition filed by Adani Enterprises Ltd, challenging the DRI's action of getting LRs issued. the high court order said "The action of the respondents in giving effect to the letters rogatory issued by the learned metropolitan magistrate, Mumbai. Cannot be sustained and it deserves to be quashed and set aside. We make it clear that we have not gone into the merits of the letters rogatory issued by the magistrate. We have only dealt with the contention as to whether it was permissible for the magistrate to issue such letters rogatory without following the procedure mandated by CrPC.”

In March 2016, the DRI initiated probe against a few Adani group firms for alleged overvaluation of coal imports from Indonesia between 2011 and 2015. LRs were issued to Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, seeking help to access documents lying with overseas branches of three state-owned banks relating to transactions under the probe. In September, AEL approached the high court seeking to quash the LRs, issued in 2016.

Letters Rogatory are sent to investigative or judicial agencies in other countries when some information is required during a probe of off-shore entities.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 22 Oct 2019
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