Mumbai, May 31: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches at the premises of Congress leader Baba Siddique and few others on Wednesday. The searches were conducted in the Maharashtra capital over the Slum Rehabilitation scam.Also Read - Omicron: No Case in Mumbai Yet, Confirms Genome Sequencing of South Africa Returnees

According to PTI, the officials informed that the raids are being carried out in at least six locations in Mumbai, including that of builder Rafique Maqbul Qureshi who is believed to be a close associate of Siddiqui. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Tightens Curbs As Omicron Scare Grips India | Full List of Restrictions Here

They added that the ED has registered a criminal case against Siddique and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of a local police FIR in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of a slum area in suburban Bandra. Also Read - Mandatory RT-PCR Test, 14-Day Quarantine: How Airports Across Country Gearing up to Tackle Omicron Variant | Key Points 

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.

Reportedly, the scam amounts to approximately Rs 100 crore.

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

(With inputs from PTI)