The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday summoned eminent fashion designers in a money laundering case. These include big names of Bollywood like Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Ritu Kumar. The National Agency has summoned these top designers in connection with the ongoing investigation against Punjab MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira. All have been asked to report at the ED headquarters in Delhi on Thursday and Friday.
Clarification sought regarding cash payments
Some officials associated with the matter said that the investigating agency has sought clarification from the designers regarding certain cash payments taken by them. Let us tell you, in March 2021, the ED raided Khaira’s properties in connection with the 2015 Fazilka drug smuggling case.
ED had made a big claim
After this Khaira reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. After the raid, the ED had claimed that Rs 4.86 crore was deposited in his bank accounts in about 12 years but he had declared income of only Rs 99 lakh to the Income Tax Department.
ED sought permission
On April 4, the ED had sought permission from the adjudicating authority to open Khaira’s electronic devices like phones etc. On this, MLA Kot had filed a new petition.
Show-cause notice was issued to KhairaThe authority had issued a show-cause notice to Khaira on April 12. Along with this, it was asked why the investigating agency should not be allowed to check their equipment. On this, Khaira had said that it would be a violation of his privacy.
[Attribution to NBT]