Mumbai, May 31 (PTI) The ED today conducted searches at the premises of Congress leader Baba Siddique and few others in connection with a money laundering probe case.Also Read - Will be Easier to Stop Infection If...: Maharashtra CM Concerned Over Tracking of International Passengers Amid Omicron Threat

Officials said the raids are being conducted on at least half a dozen locations in the Maharashtra capital, including that of a builder. Also Read - Maharashtra To Reopen Schools From December 1, Even As Omicron Fears Emerge

The Enforcement Directorate, they said, has registered a criminal case against Siddique and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) based on a local police FIR in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of a slum area in suburban Bandra. Also Read - COVID Positive Returnee from South Africa Lands in Mumbai via Dubai and Delhi, Sample Sent to Check for Omicron Variant

The agency also suspects usage of shell companies in committing the alleged irregularities and hence the raids are being conducted to gather more evidence, they said.

Siddique has been a Congress MLA in the Maharashtra Assembly and also served as a Municipal Corporator.PTI NES DV

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