After ED’s ‘misuse’ claim, lawyer who was allowed to travel to Nagpur for father’s last rites directed to be brought back to jail | Mumbai News


TWO DAYS after a special court permitted two Nagpur-based lawyers arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in March 2022 to attend their father’s final rituals, one of them was ordered to be immediately brought back after a complaint was received by the ED alleging ‘misuse’.

Special Judge M G Deshpande on Thursday ordered that the local police in Nagpur be informed by the ED to inform the escort guards to immediately bring Satish Uke back and lodge him at Taloja Central Jail.

The two were arrested by the ED in March 2022 on allegations that they had indulged in money-laundering of proceeds of crime attained from usurping two properties of 6.5 acres in Nagpur. While they had sought interim bail to visit Nagpur, the court had disallowed it. Instead, the court on Tuesday had directed that Satish and his brother Pradip Uke be permitted to travel to Nagpur from November 21-November 26 for the post-death rites of their father, who passed away on November 10. They were to be accompanied by police guards with conditions including that they cannot visit any place other than those where the rites are to be conducted. The court had also directed the ED to depute its staff to keep vigilance.

An application was filed by the ED stating that the conduct of Satish was such that he had misused the liberty granted by the court. The plea said that Satish had obstructed the ED staff. The ED claimed that its staff was told by Satish that they cannot keep a watch on them or remain present at their home. It was further claimed that if they are required, they will be contacted on the phone. The plea said that Satish said that he would complain to the court about “illegal detention” if they continue to remain present at their home. The plea said that the staffer explained to Satish that the court’s order required him to remain there. The staffer also approached the local police station which took the complaint as an entry into its local diary, the plea said.

“In this way, prima facie there is substance in the application made by the ED, which clearly indicates that the liberty on humanitarian ground granted to the accused no 1 (Satish Uke) was misused by him, hence it is necessary to direct the escort under whose control accused is presently at Nagpur to immediately bring him and further lodge him in Taloja jail as early as possible,” the court said.


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