ED arrests 2 Chinese language in hawala racket case

New Delhi, January 17

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested two Chinese nationals under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a hawala racket case worth Rs 1,000 crore that involved shell or dubious firms, agency officials said.

The officials said the ED arrested Charlie Peng, alias Luo Sang (42), and Carter Lee under the PMLA on January 15. They were produced before a local special court here that sent them to 14-day custody.

The ED case against Peng originates from an Income Tax (I-T) Department investigation of last year and an FIR filed by the Delhi Police special cell against him in 2018.

Peng’s name had cropped up last year in connection with the detention of two persons in Himachal Pradesh, who were allegedly tracking Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s movement on his direction.

The Chinese national and some of his alleged associates, including bankers, were raided by the Income Tax Department in August, the officials said. — TNS

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