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Probe Agency Files Chargesheet Against Ex-UP Minister In Money Laundering Case


The company had raided a quantity premises linked to Prajapati in Lucknow final 12 months. (File)

New Delhi/Lucknow:

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its first chargesheet towards former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati on Thursday even because it connected 60 belongings and over 50 financial institution accounts of his and his members of the family price over Rs 55 crore, officers mentioned.

The central company is probing the previous legislator, who held the mining portfolio within the Samajwadi Party authorities led by Akhilesh Yadav, on cash laundering prices in a case linked to alleged possession of disproportionate belongings.

“A total of 57 bank accounts with a total balance of Rs 3.5 crore and 60 immovable properties worth Rs 33.45 crore have been provisionally attached. The total market value of such properties as on date is over Rs 55 crore,” the Lucknow zonal workplace of the ED mentioned.

It additionally filed a prosecution grievance or chargesheet towards Prajapati and others earlier than a particular PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court docket in Lucknow on prices of amassing an enormous variety of properties within the names of his members of the family, benamis and firms managed by his sons and dummy administrators.

Joint Director of the ED (Lucknow zone) Rajeshwar Singh mentioned additional investigation within the case is in progress and attachment of some extra benami properties positioned in Mumbai, Lucknow and different locations might be executed and additional prosecution complaints filed towards different accused.

Prajapati was booked earlier this 12 months by the ED within the money-laundering case after analysing a vigilance FIR lodged towards him by the Uttar Pradesh police on prices of possessing disproportionate belongings. He was already being probed by the central company in a case of unlawful mining.

The company claimed that “Prajapati’s total income when he was a minister (from 2013 to 2017) was only Rs 72.38 lakh, including his salary of around Rs 25.4 lakh”.

“He had shown a substantial rental income but most of it was found to be bogus and only to inflate his income,” it mentioned.

The company alleged that the belongings “standing in the name of the family members of Prajapati, the benami holders and various companies wherein his sons are/were directors were found to be worth over Rs 36.94 crore (approx.), which is several times over and above their total purchasing capacity”.

Prajapati can be accused of raping a girl and making an attempt to molest her minor daughter, together with others.

He was arrested and despatched to jail on March 15, 2017 and has been in judicial custody since then. He was arrested by the ED too.

The company had raided a quantity premises linked to Prajapati and his members of the family in Lucknow, Kanpur and Amethi in December final 12 months.

It had then mentioned it had seized Rs 1.42 lakh in money, demonetised forex of Rs 11.50 lakh, stamp papers price Rs 5 lakh, property-related paperwork and computer systems.

It had claimed that “cash deposits in the bank accounts of Prajapati’s family members and companies were found to be non-commensurate with their income-tax filings”.

“It was revealed that during the period the accused (Prajapati) remained as a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, his company rose exponentially in net worth, which he could not explain satisfactorily during his examination,” the ED had mentioned.

The company had mentioned each sons and the daughter-in-law of Prajapati had “filed a substantial undisclosed income to the tune of Rs 15.23 crore under the IDS-2016 and paid taxes of around Rs 6.85 crore”.

The Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) was a black money-declaration window launched by the Union authorities in 2016.

“However, Prajapati feigned ignorance about any such undisclosed income,” the company mentioned.

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