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No right to file plea: Mumbai Police on ED’s demand seeking transfer of Rs 58 crore extortion case to CBI

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Mumbai police has filed a reply to the petition responding to a plea filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an extortion case involving businessman Jitendra Navlani. Raising preliminary objection to the maintainability of the plea, the ACB said that the central agency has no locus standi to file a plea as neither they are officers nor accused in the case.

The ACB had filed an FIR against businessman Jitendra Navlani alleging that he extorted approximately Rs 58,96,46,108 from various private companies between 2015 and 2021 by posing as a liaison for officers of the ED. The FIR was filed on a complaint by Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

The financial watchdog, through its plea, is seeking the transfer of the investigation to the CBI. The ACB’s reply has been filed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Harshal Chavan, who has opposed the admission of the plea or even grant of any ad-interim relief to the ED.

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