The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to Rajasthan main minister Ashok Gehlot’s brother Agrasain Gehlot to show up prior to it at its headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday in connection with its probe into alleged cash laundering in the export of fertilizer intended for Indian farmers, officers acquainted with the development mentioned.
Without the need of divulging even more particulars, officers cited earlier mentioned explained they want to dilemma Agrasain Gehlot as he, by way of his enterprise, performed a key role in the alleged violations.
ED’s probe is primarily based on an investigation carried out by the customs office and the Directorate of Profits and Intelligence (DRI) in 2009 in the export of Muriate of Potash or MOP, which is a limited commodity for export under the international trade policy.
It is suspected that Gehlot’s enterprise diverted total 35,000 metric tonnes of MOP, acquiring benefit of Rs 130 crore in intercontinental current market, in opposition to the legal guidelines.
The anti-dollars laundering probe company experienced, on July 22, performed raids at his premises aside from quite a few companies and individuals in Rajasthan, Delhi and West Bengal.
A Customs’ office investigation report, reviewed by HT, alleges that Agrasain Gehlot’s firm – M/s Anupam Krishi –played a essential position in the export of MOP to firms in Malaysia and Singapore.
It included that Agrasain Gehlot “knowingly opted to grow to be a part of the syndicate in the overall chain of conspiracy by facilitating the said consortium (of personal businesses) by supplying subsidized MOP, which was intended for sale to farmers only and solid files for which he admittedly received certain amount as his commission”.
ED and the profits tax section are also investigating Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot in link with his one-way links with a hotelier.
The Revenue Tax office, experienced on July 13, carried out raids at numerous destinations in Rajasthan and Delhi belonging to a few business enterprise teams on costs of tax evasion and had recovered all around Rs 12 crore in cash.
The Congress experienced, on July 22, termed the ED action in opposition to Ashok Gehlot’s brother a “raid raj” designed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) management in Delhi. The bash additional that the Centre was utilizing federal agencies to arm-twist lawmakers to convey down the Ashok Gehlot governing administration.