The ED on Thursday raided not less than 26 premises in 9 states linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) together with these of its chairman OM Abdul Salam and Kerala state chief Nasarudheen Elamarom as half of a money laundering probe, official sources stated.
The searches are being carried out in Chennai, Tenkasi and Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Bengaluru, Darbhanga and Purnea (Bihar), Lucknow and Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh), Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Kolkata and Murshidabad (West Bengal), Jaipur, Shaheen Bagh space in Delhi and in Kochi, Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala below provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they stated.
They added the motion was aimed toward accumulating proof in a number of money laundering circumstances which were clubbed into one and are being probed towards the PFI and people linked to it.
The premises of Salam and Elamarom, additionally PFI’s nationwide secretary, are additionally being coated aside from another workplace bearers of the organisation, they stated.
The central probe company is investigating PFI’s “financial links” on alleged fees of fuelling the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests within the nation, the Delhi riots that happened in February and few different cases.
It had earlier recorded the assertion of Salam, a senior assistant within the Kerala State Electricity Board, and a quantity of different PFI workplace bearers in Delhi.
Salam has been posted on the regional audit workplace of the Kerala electrical energy board in Manjeri city of Malappuram. PFI and Salam known as the raids a gimmick and an try and divert consideration from the farmers’ concern.
“Simultaneous raids were carried out by ED at the houses of Popular Front national leaders across the country. We believe this to be a politically motivated action from the part of the agency. Such raids usually happen in our country whenever the government in power comes under the pressure of popular anger and it wants to divert national attention from it.”
“Modi government has always used national agencies against its political opponents and to crush dissent in the country to the point that the credibility of these agencies has come under question,” the organisation stated in an announcement. The central authorities has come below immense strain following the farmers’ protests blockading Delhi and the ED raids are nothing however a “gimmick” to divert the problem, it stated.
It stated authorities “intend to prevent the organisation from its fight against the anti-constitutional CAA-NRC, as it is a forerunner and stays a major force in the citizenship agitations across the country”.
The PFI, shaped in 2006 in Kerala and headquartered in Delhi, stated its actions are “transparent” and out within the public and that they’d nothing to cover.
The ED, final month, had stated it was investigating “financial links” between the PFI and Bhim Army in its money laundering case registered to analyze allegations of unlawful funds getting used to “fuel” the anti-CAA protests.
“The ED is investigating financial links between PFI and Bhim Army on the basis of credible evidence recovered from senior PFI officials,” the company had stated in a tweet.
The Bhim Army, led by its chief Chandrashekhar Azad, had instructed PTI that they have been prepared for every kind of investigation. The company is investigating the PFI below the PMLA since 2018. The ED had stated that not less than Rs 1.04 crore was deposited in a number of financial institution accounts linked to the organisation between December four final yr and January 6 this yr in varied elements of the nation.
The sources had stated a complete quantity of Rs 120 crore, credited to financial institution accounts linked to the PFI, are below the ED’s scanner. The sources had claimed that these doubtful deposits have been both made in money or by the fast fee service (IMPS) and a quantity of such cases have been seen in Uttar Pradesh, the place the utmost quantity of violent anti-CAA protests have been reported to have taken place.
Sources, quoting the ED findings, had stated the withdrawal of money from the financial institution accounts linked to PFI and its associated entities had a “direct correlation” with the violent demonstrations towards the CAA. The ED had additionally despatched a report on this connection to the Union Home Ministry.
The company had arrested former Delhi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain in August and alleged that money acquired by him was used to “fuel” anti-CAA protests and the Delhi riots.
“The probe revealed that companies owned and controlled by Tahir Hussain and his relatives transferred huge amounts of money to dubious entities and entry operators which was returned by them in cash,” it had stated.
“The cash received by Tahir Hussain through entry operators was used to fuel the anti-CAA protests and Delhi riots,” the company had stated in an announcement.