New Delhi: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s elder brother, Agrasain Gehlot, for questioning in a money-laundering case linked to alleged financial irregularities in exporting fertiliser, officials said Tuesday. Also Read - Delhi: 5 injured in Fire at JJ Camp Locality, Rescue Operations Underway
Agrasain Gehlot has been asked to depose before the investigating officer on Wednesday in Delhi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said. Also Read - Noted Tamil Professor And Theatre Director Pitambarlal Rajani Dies of COVID-19 at 80 in Tamil Nadu
On July 22, the central agency raided Agrasain Gehlot’s premises in Jodhpur and a few other places in connection with the case filed under the criminal charges of PMLA. Also Read - Kerala Plane Crash: CISF Personnel Quarantined After Passengers Test Positive For COVID-19
Officials said the agency seized a number of documents during the raids and Agrasain Gehlot will be confronted with these during his questioning. Some other people involved in the case are also understood to have been summoned by the probe agency.
The raids happened after the agency filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED equivalent of a police FIR, in the 2007-09 Customs department case registered for alleged irregularities in the procurement and export of subsidised Muriate of Potash (MOP) meant for farmers and investigation, in this case, was finalised in 2013.
The ED took cognisance of the Customs FIR and a July 13 charge sheet to press money-laundering charges to probe a “smuggling syndicate” allegedly run by Agrasain Gehlot, his firm Anupam Krishi and others, officials said.
The agency said the case pertains to fraudulent export of MOP in the guise of industrial salts to buyers based in Malaysia and Taiwan. The MOP is a restricted commodity for exports so that it is easily available to farmers in the country.
The raids happened at a time when a political slugfest was on between CM Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot.
Pilot, a former Union minister, was sacked as Rajasthan deputy CM and PCC chief recently.