HC pulls up ED for taking citizen statement after mid night: Right to sleep basic right

Syllabus: GS-II; Subject: Polity, Topic: Rights issues, Issue: Right to sleep.

Context: The Bombay High Court judgement declaring right to sleep guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution.


  • The court emphasized that the right to sleep is a basic human requirement and depriving individuals of this right violates their human rights, affecting their health and cognitive skills.
  • The court directed the Enforcement Directorate to issue circulars and directions regarding the timing of recording statements under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to ensure compliance with human rights.
  • The petitioner argued that there was no urgency for the ED to record his statement post-midnight.
  • The court’s ruling highlights the importance of upholding human rights even during legal proceedings and underscores the need for procedural reforms to ensure justice without infringing on fundamental rights.
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