The Supreme Court has sought the response of from the Central Government on a plea by the Congress Member of Parliament, Jairam Ramesh challenging the constitutionality of the amendment made to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The bench headed by Justice S.A. Bobde has issued a notice to the Centre. The Narendra Modi-led government had amended the PMLA by way of the Finance Bill of 2015, 2016 and 2018 including a crucial amendment that empowers the Special Court to restore confiscated assets to the rightful claimants even during the trial. The Delhi High Court had in February dismissed the same plea by Ramesh, saying that he has been unable to justify the delay in filing the petition. Congress leader and senior advocate P. Chidambaram, and advocate Abhishek Jebraj, who represented Ramesh, had said the amendments were illegal. “Passing the impugned amendments by way of a money bill is grossly illegal and is expressly ultra vires the Constitution of India,” Ramesh’s petition said.
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