Three pretend corporations used to launder cash in Bengal quota rip-off: ED | Kolkata
Three alleged Kolkata-based shell corporations had been used to launder the crime proceeds of the alleged ration distribution rip-off in West Bengal, ED officers have claimed.
An company official claimed that the three shell corporations had been used to legitimize black cash, which was truly the proceeds of crime arising from the alleged fraud.
The federal company on Friday arrested Jyoti Priya Mallick, a minister within the Mamata Banerjee-led authorities on this connection after interrogating him and looking out his residence for about 20 hours since Thursday.
Throughout raids at Mallick’s residence on Thursday, the CEO allegedly discovered rubber seals of the three corporations – Gracious Creation Personal Restricted, Shree Hanuman Realcon Personal Restricted and Gracious Progressive Personal Restricted. Rubber stamps of two different Bankura based mostly corporations – M/s AJ Agrotech and M/s AJ Royal had been additionally discovered.
“At first, Mallick and his spouse stated they’d no details about the businesses. However when the rubber stamps had been discovered, they began getting delicate,” an official stated.
In response to the chief administration, the three corporations had been opened in 2008 on the identical tackle, which is the bottom ground of a residential constructing on Jessore Highway in Nagerbazar in Kolkata.
On October 14, the Safety Directorate arrested businessman Pakibur Rahman who it claimed was withdrawing rice and wheat meant to be equipped to rations distributors, on the market solely within the open market. The ED now claims that Rehman has “shut ties” with Malick.
Whereas Mallick’s daughter and spouse had been earlier related to these corporations, Rehman and his son-in-law now run them. The spouse, daughter and mom of Mallick’s home assist had been allegedly appointed as administrators of those corporations.
“The CEO is making all baseless allegations. They should show all of this in court docket,” stated Anindya Raut, Mallick’s lawyer.
ED realized that massive transactions, together with money deposits, had been made by way of these corporations.
“Not less than between November 2016 and March 2017 $6.3 Crores $“Rs 3.7 crore was deposited within the accounts of Mallick’s spouse and daughter from these corporations,” stated an administration official.
The company additionally froze the financial institution accounts of Malik, his spouse and his daughter. His cell phones are additionally prone to be despatched for forensic evaluation to recuperate chat and name historical past.
The company claims to have discovered a minimum of two transactions $Rs 12 crore is made by way of these corporations.
She additionally claimed that in interrogation, Rahman admitted that Malik had taken loans price about $1,000 $20 crore from these corporations, which he by no means returned.
“The CEO is making some baseless allegations. They will make any allegations in court docket and in entrance of the media, however they won’t be able to show it in court docket. We hope we’ll get bail quickly. The CEO has registered his ECIR based mostly on 5 FIRs Registered between 2020 and 2022 at numerous police stations in Nadia district in opposition to depletion of presidency meals grains.“My consumer’s identify doesn’t seem in any of the 5 FIRs,” stated Arku Bhattacharya, Rehman’s lawyer.
Bakipor was produced in court docket on Saturday after his 14-day detention within the emergency division ended. He was despatched to judicial custody till November 11.
In the meantime, Amit Dey, Malik’s private assistant, and Abhijit Das, an in depth confidant of the minister, whose properties had been additionally searched on Thursday, appeared earlier than the ED for questioning on Saturday.
“A maroon-coloured diary, discovered at Das’s home through the search, contained particulars of a number of transactions. ‘The identify Balu Da (as Mallick is thought) was written within the diary,'” an official stated.
“Who, when, the place and the way a lot of the @AITCofficial fraud business will come to gentle while you flip the pages of the notorious ‘Maroon Diary of Balu’…” Sukanta Majumdar, state BJP president, wrote on his X deal with.
“BJP is on the way in which out in West Bengal resulting from infighting. Their MPs are talking out in opposition to their state president. Corrupt politicians are becoming a member of the occasion to evade ED and CBI probe. Out of 303 MPs, 116 MPs have prison instances pending in opposition to them. He stated TMC’s Santanu Sen instructed media: “This occasion has no proper to level fingers at others.”
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