Threat to democracy if CBI, ED, judiciary fail to act independently:Bombay High Court

    The Bombay High Court, on Thursday, while hearing a plea filed by NCP leader Eknath Khadse to quash the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate said that democracy will be in danger if the judiciary and investigating agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) fail to act independently. The remarks were made by a Bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale.

    Senior Advocate Aabad Ponda who appeared for Eknath Khadse sought interim protection from any coercive action during the pendency of the plea. Thereafter, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh assured that ED will not take any coercive action till Monday, January 25.

    Further, the court asked ED as to why the protection granted to Khadse could not be extended beyond Monday. The court noted that Khadse had been co-operating with the ED by appearing for questioning when the summons were issued.

    Singh contended that he will explain to the Court during the next hearing why the petition is premature and ought to be dismissed.

    The next hearing will be on January 25.