ED can summon anyone for any information: SC.

Syllabus: GS-II; Subject: Current affairs Topic: Important supreme court judgements, Issue: ED Summons.

Context: The Supreme Court upheld the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) powers to summon individuals for information.


  • Criticised Tamil Nadu District collectors for not responding to ED summons, and accused them of disrespecting law, court, and Constitution.
  • Endorsed the sweeping powers of ED to summon anyone for any information.

Prelims Connect (Institutions in news)

Enforcement Directorate:

●        Under the administrative control of the Department of Revenue (Ministry of Finance).

●        Functions include enforcing the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA), the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 (FEOA).

●        Empowered to attach assets of offenders and undertake actions like search, seizure, arrest, and prosecution under PMLA.

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