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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 yr. (File)

New Delhi/Lucknow:

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its first chargesheet in opposition to former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati on Thursday even because it hooked up 60 property and over 50 financial institution accounts of his and his relations price over Rs 55 crore, officers stated.

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 property.

“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 stated.

It additionally filed a prosecution grievance or chargesheet in opposition to 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 relations, benamis and firms managed via his sons and dummy administrators.

Joint Director of the ED (Lucknow zone) Rajeshwar Singh stated additional investigation within the case is in progress and attachment of some extra benami properties positioned in Mumbai, Lucknow and different locations will probably be achieved and additional prosecution complaints filed in opposition to different accused.

Prajapati was booked earlier this yr by the ED within the money-laundering case after analysing a vigilance FIR lodged in opposition to him by the Uttar Pradesh police on prices of possessing disproportionate property. 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 stated.

The company alleged that the property “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 also be accused of raping a girl and trying 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 relations in Lucknow, Kanpur and Amethi in December final yr.

It had then stated it had seized Rs 1.42 lakh in money, demonetised foreign money 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 stated.

The company had stated 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 stated.

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