The Madras High Court on Thursday quashed the proceedings under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Member of Parliament and leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, S Jagathrakshakan [Jagathrakshakan v. The Deputy Director Directorate of Enforcement]. .A bench of Justices PN Prakash and RMT Teekaa Raman allowed a writ petition that Jagathrakshakan had filed to quash the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) registered against him in June 2020 by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) ..The ECIR and the ED's probe were based on two first information reports (FIRs) registered against by the Crime Branch, Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) for allegedly usurping properties belonging to the Chrome Leather Company. However, the division bench noted that on September 23 this year, a single-judge of the Madras High Court had quashed the two FIRs registered by the CBCID. It, therefore, said that the ED cannot proceed with its ECIR.The bench held that when a court of law had already quashed a case related to the predicate offence, the ED could not be allowed to proceed further with the investigation which it had initiated solely on the basis of the predicate offence. .Senior Advocate C Manishankar and advocate N Senthil Kumar appeared for the petitioner.Additional Solicitor General R Sankaranarayanan and Special Public Prosecutor [ED] Rajinish Pathiyil appeared for the respondents.