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ED Summons Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot’s Brother Tomorrow for Questioning in Cash Laundering Case

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (PTI File) Agrasain Gehlot has been requested to depose earlier than the investigating officer on Wednesday in Delhi beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA), they mentioned. Information18.com New Delhi Final Up […]

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (PTI File)

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (PTI File)

Agrasain Gehlot has been requested to depose earlier than the investigating officer on Wednesday in Delhi beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA), they mentioned.

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  • Final Up to date: July 28, 2020, 11:17 PM IST

The Enforcement Directorate has directed Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s elder brother, Agrasain Gehlot, to seem earlier than it on Wednesday in a case of alleged cash laundering linked to exporting fertiliser, officers mentioned on Tuesday.

Agrasain Gehlot has been requested to depose earlier than the investigating officer on Wednesday in Delhi beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA), they mentioned.

On July 22, the central company raided Agrasain Gehlot’s premises in Jodhpur and some different locations in reference to the case filed beneath the prison costs of PMLA.

Officers mentioned the company seized quite a few paperwork through the raids and Agrasain Gehlot might be confronted with these throughout his questioning. Another individuals concerned within the case are additionally understood to have been summoned by the probe company.

The raids occurred after the company filed an Enforcement Case Data Report (ECIR), the ED equal of a police FIR, within the 2007-09 Customs division case registered for alleged irregularities within the procurement and export of subsidised Muriate of Potash (MOP) meant for farmers and investigation on this case was finalised in 2013.

The ED took cognisance of the Customs FIR and a July 13 cost sheet to press money-laundering costs to probe a “smuggling syndicate” allegedly run by Agrasain Gehlot, his agency Anupam Krishi and others, officers mentioned.

The company mentioned the case pertains to fraudulent export of MOP within the guise of commercial salts to consumers primarily based in Malaysia and Taiwan. The MOP is a restricted commodity for exports in order that it’s simply out there to farmers within the nation.

The raids occurred at a time when a political slugfest was on between CM Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot.

Pilot, a former Union minister, was lately sacked as Rajasthan deputy chief minister and PCC chief.

Company sources had mentioned Agrasain Gehlot and his agency had been slapped with over Rs 60 crore penalty by the Customs division for these alleged export irregularities in 2013. It’s alleged that Gehlot’s firm “diverted” 35,000 metric tonnes of MOP that had a worth of Rs 130 crore within the worldwide market.

The ED alleged Agrasain Gehlot, in his capability as a vendor, was the custodian of the MOP and was “solely accountable” for its correct distribution to farmers, and his alleged connivance with the corporate Saraf Impex Pvt Ltd and others resulted within the diversion of MOP that was imported by Indian Potash Restricted at a concessional charge of responsibility.

(With inputs from PTI)


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