ED arrests father, son in BoB money laundering case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Mar 2017 12:28:51


Mar 29,


THE Enforcement Directorate has arrested a man and his son in connection with its probe in the Rs 6,000 crore Bank of Baroda (BoB) money laundering case. Officials said businessmen Manmohan Singh Sehgal and Gagandeep Singh Sehgal, were placed under arrest late on Tuesday under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly illegally routing about Rs 245 crore funds to firms based in Hong Kong by using shell companies.

They said the two businessmen will be produced before a court on Wednesday for further custody. The agency said the two had hired two people who got opened accounts in the Ashok Vihar branch of the BoB here “in the name of the persons having no financial worth on the basis of fake identities.” “The total amount remitted in the guise of fraudulent advance import remittances on the basis off ake documents comes to USD 3,78,26,899(aboutRs245crore),” the ED said. It added these firms did not import any goods but these remittances were sent “so as to aid under invoicing of goods” for other companies and thus save import duties.

The agency said the role of the two businessmen,in the seremittances, arrested on Wednesday was also confirmed during questioning of other accused and they are now required to be questioned in detail. The case had emerged last year and is being probed both by the ED and the CBI and the tota lscam has been pegged at Rs6,000crore. With this action on Wednesday, a total of nine people have been arrested by the ED in this case till now. The ED had earlier termed this case to be an alleged incident of trade-based money laundering, where accused traders evaded custom duties and taxes to generate slush funds.