Mumbai: In a relief to Rheema Khan, the wife
of Hasan Ali Khan (who has been arrested in an alleged
multi-crore money laundering scam), the Bombay High Court
on Wednesday granted her exemption from appearing before a special
court which has initiated criminal proceedings against her.
The special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)
court, on June 17, issued proceedings against Rheema on the
complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for
non-appearance before the agency despite summons.
Rheema then approached High Court, seeking quashing of
the proceedings, and exemption from personal appearance.
Her counsels Shashank Manohar and I A Bagaria argued
that the PMLA court had no power to initiate criminal
proceedings, it can only impose fine on a person in such
"Just because her husband is arrested does it mean that
you (should) summon her? Why should she be asked to attend the
court personally, when the fine amount is just between Rs 500
to Rs 10,000?" Justice B R Gavai asked.
Revati Dhere, counsel for ED, informed the court that
the agency had to approach the special court as Rheema had not
responded to as many as 23 summons issued by ED, for recording
Dere also told the court that ED would not seek Rheema`s
Justice Gavai then directed the special court to decide
whether she should appear before ED, within four weeks.