Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s elder brother Agrasain Gehlot has been requested to hitch investigation in an alleged cash laundering case linked to the fertiliser export rip-off that happened between 2007 and 2009. The Enforcement Directorate has summoned him for questioning on Wednesday.
“Agrasain Gehlot has been requested to seem earlier than the company officers in Delhi tomorrow morning,” sources in ED mentioned.
On July 22, the Enforcement Directorate had searched his properties in reference to the case. The Central probe company had additionally performed raids at 13 locations unfold throughout Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat and Delhi, information company Press Belief of India reported.
The Congress questioned the timing of the raids, which happened seven years after the Directorate of Income Intelligence detected the alleged rip-off.
Mr Gehlot’s authorities is dealing with an enormous risis following the riot of his former deputy Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs loyal to him. Mr Gehlot claims he has the numbers however is presently engaged in a tussle with Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra over beginning the meeting session.
The Governor has rejected one proposal from the Chief Minister to convene the meeting. He despatched again a second proposal to begin meeting on July 31, suggesting a three-week postponement, giving MLAs a time window to attend.
At this time, the federal government despatched a 3rd proposal, sticking to its July 31 date. In response to the Governor’s queries on whether or not the federal government needs to carry a belief vote, the proposal asserted that Mr Gehlot has majority.
The Congress mentioned the raids have been a part of the BJP’s stress techniques to crush Ashok Gehlot. Senior occasion chief Randeep Singh Surjewala mentioned the BJP ordered the raids after “gimmicks” to topple the Congress authorities didn’t succeed.
“Prime Minister Modi has created “raid raj’ within the nation however we aren’t going to be scared,” he had mentioned.
It has been alleged that Anupam Krishi, the agency owned by the Chief Minister’s brother, “diverted” 35,000 metric tonnes of “muriate of potash” or MoP, valued at Rs 130 crore within the worldwide market.
Anupam Krishi is an authorised seller of Indian Potash Ltd, the one agency allowed to import “muriate of potash” or MoP, which farmers get at a subsidised fee. Export of the chemical is banned.
In keeping with ED sources, between 2007 and 2009, Anupam Krishi purchased “muriate of potash” at subsidised charges. However as an alternative of distributing it to farmers, the corporate allegedly bought it to some corporations, which exported it to Malaysia and Singapore as “industrial salt”.
When the Directorate of Income Intelligence unearthed the alleged rip-off in 2012-13, Agrasain Gehlot had advised the authorities that some middlemen who purchased MoP from him to distribute it to farmers had bought it for exports as an alternative.