PNB fraud: Arrest of woman after sunset illegal, CBI officials liable for disciplinary action, says Bombay HC
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday held the arrest of Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud accused Kavita Mankikar in February “illegal”. She was arrested by the CBI in connection with the Rs 11,400-crore PNB fraud. The HC said that the CBI is liable for disciplinary proceedings for “flagrant violation” of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.
According to the CBI, Mankikar was signing as the authorised signatory of the three firms of Nirav Modi Group, as per the instructions and assurance of Modi without knowing the facts or ramifications of her actions. She was arrested along with five others, including Vipul Ambani. Mankikar in her petition had said that she was arrested on February 20 at 8 pm by a male inspector of the CBI, violating Section 46 of the Criminal Procedure Code which says that no woman shall be arrested after sunset and before sunrise.
Her lawyers Vijay Agarwal and Yashwardhan Tiwari had argued extensively stating that her arrest was illegal and unconstitutional as it was a gross violation of the provisions of law.
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