In an order pronounced on February 21, Justice Yogesh Khanna said that transactions alleged to be the offence of money laundering have not been identified by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) during its probe into the predicate offence.
The Court noted that all the main accused in the scheduled offence and the offence of money laundering have either been granted bail or have not been arrested.
It further said that several entities and individuals, who were the alleged intermediary layers between PACL and the petitioner and were direct recipients of PACL funds, were not made accused by the ED.
“Further considering the order dated 03.09.2020 wherein all remaining co-accused in this ECIR were admitted to bail, this Court has every reason to say the petitioner has passed the test of broad probabilities. Admittedly twin conditions of Section 45 (supra) does not put an absolute restraint on grant of bail or require a positive finding qua guilt,” the Court said.