New Delhi, June 23
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned three top fashion designers of the nation in reference to a money-laundering case against a Punjab Congress legislator, official sources stated on Wednesday.
They stated the designers have been despatched notices to seem for questioning earlier than the Central probe company in Delhi by subsequent week.
The names of the designers are being withheld as they have been unavailable for feedback.
The summons is said to a money-laundering case against Punjab Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and his relations. The company had performed searches against the accused in March, the sources stated.
Khaira was a insurgent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA when the raids have been carried out. He has just lately re-joined the Congress.
The legislator from the Bholath Assembly seat in Punjab’s Kapurthala district gained the election in 2017 on an AAP ticket.
However, he resigned from the first membership of the Arvind Kejriwal-led occasion in January 2019 and floated his personal outfit, the Punjab Ekta Party.
The ED has alleged that Khaira is an “affiliate” of drug case convicts and pretend passport racketeers.
The 56-year-old politician has denied any wrongdoing and stated he’s being focused by Central businesses as he has been vocal against the Centre’s three new farm legal guidelines.
The case against him pertains to the probe in a 2015 Fazilka (Punjab) drugs-smuggling case in which 1,800 gm of heroin, 24 gold biscuits, two weapons, 26 reside cartridges and two Pakistani SIM playing cards have been seized by safety businesses from a gang of worldwide drug smugglers.
The sources stated the ED has discovered that sure funds, together with in money, have been allegedly made to the three designers and therefore, the company desires to know their model of the transactions and document their statements.
The ED had filed the case beneath legal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Khaira and others after finding out a Punjab Police FIR.
“The medication have been smuggled via the India-Pakistan border and one of many kingpins of the syndicate is in the UK.
“Khaira was actively aiding and supporting the gang of worldwide smugglers and having fun with the proceeds of crime,” the company has alleged. PTI