New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday carried out searches at over a dozen places of former Congress legislator Sumesh Shaukeen and a businessman Gagan Dhawan under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Also Read - Sanjay Raut's Wife Summoned by ED in PMC Bank Fraud Case on December 29

An ED official, requesting anonymity, told IANS: “The searches have been conducted at over 12 places at the premises of Shaukeen and Dhawan since morning.” Also Read - Farooq Abdullah's Properties Worth Rs 12 Crores Seized by ED in Money Laundering Case

According to ED officials, they had received initial information that black money of the politicians and bureaucrats was being converted into white. Also Read - Money Laundering Case: Cox and Kings Promoter Peter Kerkar Remanded to ED Custody Till Dec 3

The premises raided by the financial probe agency include a flat in south Delhi’s upscale East of Kailash area, five flats in Vasant Kunj including the office of Aaina Marble Pvt Ltd, a farmhouse in Bijwasan, a flat in Inraprakash building in the Barakhamba area of central Delhi, a flat in Chanakyapuri and a flat in Chawla area of the national capital.

According to officials, four IT officials of Mumbai are also on the the agency’s scanner.

Official sources said that Dhawan, who has businesses in many countries including Ethiopia, is a very close aide of former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha. His name was found at least 70 times in the visitor’s list of the former CBI Director.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.