SC asks ED to not take final action against Sun TV

2G bench of the Supreme Court to hear the case on 25 July

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) not to take any final action in the case of attachment of assets of Kalanithi Maran-owned Sun TV Networks Ltd till the next date of hearing.

Chief justice H.L. Dattu said the 2G bench of the Supreme Court will hear the case on 25 July.

Lawyer Kapil Sibal, who represented Sun TV, told the court that a provisional order of attachment did not form part of the investigation.

In a provisional attachment order issued in March, ED had attached properties worth 742 crore of Maran, his brother and Sun TV chairman Kalanithi Maran and the latter’s wife Kaveri Kalanithi.

Representing the ED, lawyer Anand Grover said the adjudicating authority was required to pass an order within 180 days of the provisional attachment, else the same would lapse.

Sun TV had earlier moved the Madras High Court, which refused to entertain the petition saying that it was a 2G issue, which only the 2G bench of the apex court could hear. Last week, another bench of the Supreme Court sent it before chief justice Dattu, who heads the 2G bench.