New Delhi, Nov 15 (UNI) The Supreme Court has pulled up Enforcement Department for not releasing the passport of V Bhaskaran, nephew of Sasikala, a close associate of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
A bench comprising Justices S B Sinha and H S Bedi in their order dated November 12 noted, ''It is unfortunate that the Union of India takes recourse to such a procedure in complete disregard to the rules framed by this court.
In any event, the respondent having been arrested in the year 1995, we are of the opinion that keeping in view the purport and object of Section 41 of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act(FERA) it is not a case where this court should exercise its jurisdiction under Article 136 of the Constitution of India.
The petition is dismissed.'' The passport of Bhaskaran was taken away by the authorities on September 21, 1995 following his arrest and was formally impounded on May 27, 1997.
Madras High Court, while granting him bail had imposed certain conditions one of which was that he would not leave Madras without prior permission of the court.
According to Section 41 of FERA anything seized or impounded can not be kept by the authorities beyond six months. The appeal was filed by Chief Enforcement officer and another.