The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the locations of people associated with the late mafia Atiq Ahmed for two days (14-15 June). During the searches, the ED has recovered and seized cash, documents, devices and other evidence.
The people whose locations were raided by the ED include well-known builders and chartered accountants. ED searched 10 locations in Prayagraj, Lucknow and Delhi on Wednesday-Thursday.
ED action in money laundering case
17.80 lakh in cash, papers relating to sale and purchase of properties, financial documents of companies and firms, bank statements, mobile Phones, laptops and other physical and electronic evidencehave been recovered and confiscated. Physical and forensic analysis of the seized evidence is going on by the ED.
Investigation is being done on the instructions of the Supreme Court
Charges of kidnapping, extortion and assault were made against Atiq Ahmed and his men. The ED initiated the investigation under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 against Atiq Ahmed and his associates on the basis of the Crime RC registered by the CBI on the directions of the Supreme Court.
In April this year also searches were conducted at the premises of Atiq’s close relatives.
During investigation, it was revealed that Atiq Ahmed, who has been involved in criminal activities since 1989, acquired huge wealth in the name of himself, his family members, associates and other benamidars by usurping government and other people’s land properties.
Searchers were also conducted at the premises of various close associates of Atiq Ahmed on April 12 and 13 under Section 17(1) of the PMLA, which led to the recovery of Rs 84.68 lakh in cash, Rs 60 lakh in gold, Rs 2.85 crore of gold and diamond ornaments, digital devices and various physical documents and records were recovered and were confiscated. Atiq and his brother Ashraf Ahmed were shot dead on April 15 this year in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.
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