Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate has registered a money-laundering case against Vijay Mallya and the CFO…
PTI, New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate questioned a close aide of Union minister and former army chief VK
Singh on Wednesday in connection with its money laundering probe for alleged financial irregularities in supply of high-altitude tents worth Rs 22 crore to intelligence agency RAW.
Official sources said the agency questioned Shambhu Prasad Singh and recorded his statement under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the case. He was also quizzed last week.
They said the alleged charges against Shambhu, who is an aide of the minister of state for external affairs, pertain to availing a loan of about Rs 30 crore from a bank to execute the order for the covert unit of the Research and Analysis Wing and its subsequent alleged default.
The agency had registered a PMLA case based on a 2014 FIR in the same case, they said.
The sources said the case is related to alleged corruption in the supply of high altitude tents worth Rs 22 crore required by SFF, a covert unit operating under the external intelligence agency RAW, during 2009-13.
CBI had registered a case against Sai Baba Builders and Consultants, and its three directors Shyam Sunder Bhatter, JPN Singh and Manjari, who is the wife of Shambhu.
“The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against a Delhi-based private firm along with their directors, unknown officials of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) and unknown officials of Cabinet Secretariat,” the CBI had said.
The Enforcement Directorate, sources said, is looking at the money trail in the case and once the ‘proceeds of crime’ are identified, the alleged tainted assets will be attached.
The CBI case was registered under IPC sections related to cheating and forgery among others and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.