The Enforcement Directorate has not updated from the year 2014 onward its list of Confirmed Attached Immovable Property, which is available in the public domain through ED’s official website .
At first glance, going through the Confirmed Attached Immovable Property list, it appears that the ED, which is the enforcement agency for the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, either has not attached any property after the year 2013 or it has decided not to update it. The first possibility is least likely but then question arises why the list has not been updated since it was put up in the public domain to meet the lofty goal of cautioning the general public against dealing with such immovable property in any manner as the property in question could be confiscated by the Government at a later stage as a result of proceedings under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Confirmed Attached Immovable Property is the immovable property which is suspected to be involved in money laundering. Such property gets attached by the Enforcement Directorate under section 5 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and the attachment is confirmed by the Adjudicating Authority under the provisions of sub-section 4 of section 8 of PMLA.
The Confirmed Attached Immovable Property list now available in the public domain carries a disclaimer at the end stating “This list is purely informative and information contained herein should not be modified, copied, transmitted or transferred in any manner. Enforcement Directorate specifically disclaims any liability for claims or damages that may arise from the information provided in this list….”
Regarding the instruction that the information contained in the list should not be modified, copied, transmitted or transferred in any manner, question arises, does this instruction relate to only the information regarding specific details of the property confiscated, or even the period and the state-wise status in terms of the total number of confiscation orders passed till 2013 under PMLA.
Newsroom24x7 has taken up this matter in public interest and the purpose is to keep the people informed about a particular aspect relating to the ED’s working. It is important to note, The available Confirmed Attached Immovable Property list gives the impression that there has been no confiscation of property by the ED after 2013. But this is least likely as the ED disclaimer goes on to say: “Though utmost care has been taken in preparing the List yet it may vary from time to time. For updated status and accuracy of the information please contact the concerned Office/Zone”. What is, therefore, obvious is that the Confirmed Attached Immovable Property list presently available on the ED’s website has not been updated even once after 2013.